Posted in music | pictures on March 19, 2012

words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

The Twilight Sad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad shrugged off a crazy week to deliver a blistering performance to open their US tour at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/25. The band saw the first two shows of their tour in D.C. and Philadelphia cancelled due to visa issues that had the Scottish rockers venturing all the way to Paris to secure passage to the states. None of that seemed to matter once they took the stage though, as they mixed older songs (like the excellent "Cold Days From The Birdhouse" and "She Would Darken The Memory Of Youth") with songs from their new, synth-laden record, No One Can Ever Know (Fat Cat).

Of the new material, set opener "Kill It In The Morning" rocked the hardest. Other highlights included the Radiohead-inflected, "Sick", and the propulsive "Dead City". Icier and more polished on the record, the new songs at the Music Hall slotted in seamlessly with the wall of guitar immediacy of the band's earlier material, thanks in large part to the work of guitarist Andy MacFarlane, who made it sound as if there were three guitarists on stage not one. And all the while lead singer, James Graham, was in perpetual motion - moving about the stage and around the microphone stand, dropping to his knees as he belted out one line and up on his toes to wail another in his distinctive Scottish brogue.

New Fat Cat signing, Forest Fire, and the quite excellent Micah P. Hinson opened. Hinson received a lengthy and fully deserved applause following his set, with people in the crowd shouting for him to play one more. I wish he had.

The Twilight Sad have since hit SXSW where they played the BrooklynVegan day party at "Hotel Vegan" on Friday. More on that one later. More pictures from the Brooklyn show, setlist included, below...

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Micah P. Hinson

Micah P. Hinson

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Forest Fire

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Comments (12)

Ahhhhh, this show is only but a pleasantly punishing memory now. :(

The Forest Fire guitarist was really rocking his Morrissey circa Your Arsenal look. By the way, did anyone notice Andy Rourke from The Smiths was in attendance? Bumped into him after Micah's set.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 5:04 PM

no "that summer.."? fuck that

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 5:22 PM

Andy was def. there, thanks for refreshing the memory. The guitarist from FF was the best thing about the band, he needs to lead his own group. The Twilight Sad were great, I hope for continued success for the band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 5:51 PM

They did play "That Summer..."

Translated setlist:
Kill It In The Morning
Don't Move
That Summer, at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy
Dead City
Reflection of the Television
Alphabet
I Became a Prostitute
Sick
Another Bed
Cold Days From the Birdhouse
Nil
And She Would Darken the Memory
At the Burnside

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-twilight-sad/2012/music-hall-of-williamsburg-brooklyn-ny-23def813.html

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 6:01 PM

I couldn't disagree with you more! I actually found their guitarist to be incredibly annoying! However It was my first time seeing Forest Fire with him in the band.. So maybe I just prefer the old lineup. Lead guitar over the vocals (during some of the most delicate parts) to me just made no sense! They are one of those bands that's all about great melodies and lyrics, you know?

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 6:10 PM

The Twilight Sad have the best album of 2012 so far, by far, and that's a fact. They're also phenomenal live.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2012 8:52 PM

I want to kill Micah P. Hinson

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2012 2:48 AM

I like to visit this site for 2 things: 1) To read the hipsters trying to one-up each other with being clever, and 2) Once I'm familiar with the "newest" bands I know what to avoid.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2012 8:45 AM

The guitarist could be better.

Posted by Bertrand | March 20, 2012 1:24 PM

Wow so Nate Delffs of ff is good and bad.
Cool.

Posted by nathan delffs | March 20, 2012 8:20 PM

I Became a Prostitute

Posted by Souq | March 27, 2012 5:10 AM

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