The Twilight Sad - XOYO, London

Scottish boys The Twilight Sad have been busy bees since the release of their last album Forget The Night Ahead. Touring constantly and generally developing into a formidable live act, they seem to have reached a decent level of popularity, owed mostly to the fact that they really do make quite a beautiful and worthy racket. Here on tour with fellow Scots and Rock Action label boys Errors, the band are promoting a brand new EP in the shape of The Wrong Car, and it is with the title track that they kick off tonight’s proceedings. Dense, squalling feedback backed by the extremely tight drumming talent of Mark Devine and, of course, the unmistakably thick accent of James Graham signal a epic night ahead.

Their real strength lies in the stripped bare, and at times heart-wrenching vocals of Mr Graham, and this is none more apparent than on ‘That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy’, where it’s difficult not to be swept up by his refrain of ‘the kids are on fire in the bedroom’. Elsewhere, ‘I Became A Prostitute’ sees the band exercising their ‘rock’ muscles, while the clattering percussion and accordion sounds of ‘Cold Days In The Birdhouse’ only confirms that The Twilight Sad are one of the best Scottish bands to emerge in recent years, laying down the gauntlet for Errors to follow this intense and beautiful set.

Last updated: 18/04/2018 14:20:57

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