“We have definitely moved on from ‘Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters’, musically and lyrically. One thing that I can promise is that the lyrics are very dark, but you might have to look into them a bit to realise [that]. They are mainly based around things that have happened to me over the past two years, revolving mainly around losing people and being none too proud or happy with myself about my antics and situations I’ve found myself in.” Guitarist Andy MacFarlane concurs, “It is a step forward from the first record, the song writing and the sound of the band has moved on from that time, which is something we’ll always try and do, we don’t want to ever stand still and make records that sound like each other.”
Produced and mixed by ex-Delgados’ man Paul Savage and guitarist Andy MacFarlane at the legendary Chem19 Studios in Glasgow, musically too, the new record is no less tumultuous, MacFarelane’s distinctive tremelo’d guitar creating seismic shifts between melancholy introspection and explosive release, the cacophony broadening to accommodate the band’s most melodic and yet also most thrillingly discordant moments yet. Here the influence of artists like early 80’s Cure, Neu, Wire or even Shellac are just as prominent as longer-standing comparisons to MBV or Joy Division.
“The recording was approached differently this time”, says MacFarlane “We made a point of staying home to write. Writing on tour is a bad idea, so we stayed in Scotland for the full process. It let us go home after sessions – if we weren’t getting snowed-in the studio – and we had more time to experiment and develop the ideas we had. We’d make a lot of use of an old, half-working, Roland Space Echo that we’d plug the vocals, noise strings and piano through, that would get an out of tune effect, like some of the early krautrock recordings. All the reverbs are natural, which were done by mic’ing up inside the studio walls and rooms on the other side of the building to get the drum sound. Three bass heads were blown up [in the process]. There are no big, long delayed guitars, just a lot more noisy ones and there were a few songs that maxed out the desk because of the amount that’s on there!” (drownedinsound.com)
La banda escocesa The Twilight Sad va a editar en breve su segundo larga duración, Forget the night ahead (Fat Cat, 2008). Como adelanto este I became a prostitute. Deciros que la banda factura un Emo/Rock algo ruidosillo y con cierto deje ampuloso y épico como huella sonora de la década de los ochenta. Para más información, podéis consultar el blog The JangleBox.
Nuevo single de la banda escocesa The Twilight Sad, adelanto del que será su nuevo trabajo, que se editará este otoño. La banda continúa facturando ese Emo-Rock pausado y más o menos gótico-oscuro. Son emparentables con sus paisanos Glasvegas o Clearlake.
“Scottish emo experimentalists The Twilight Sad just finished up a U.S. tour supporting Mogwai, which found them sneaking a few new songs into their set. A whole bunch of new songs are headed our way soon enough, as the Twilight Sad are set to release a new album this fall. On September 22 (September 21 in the UK), FatCat will release Forget the Night Ahead, the Twilight Sad‘s follow-up to their excellent 2007 album Fourteen autumns and fifteen winters” (Pitchfork)