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words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Tuesday night's Twilight Sad show was just like Friday night, there was just more if it. There was more space for the sound to fill, more shaved heads, more singing along. All three bands had put the bar relatively high coming off their show at Southpaw, and all three cleared it and then some.
Prior to the tour The Twilight Sad's James Graham and Andy MacFarlane had shaved their heads. Somewhere between Brooklyn and the Bowery Jetpacks lead singer Adam Thompson and bassist Sean Smith shaved their heads, Twilight Sad bassist Craig Orzel was sporting a mohawk and even their roadie, Esteban, got into the act.
With more room to maneuver and no band going on after them, the three bands seemed more inspired with only Brakesbrakesbrakes toughing out a rough set with a broken string and busted high hat.
The Twilight Sad made only two changes from their setlist Friday night adding "The Room" off Forget The Night Ahead and swapping the new record's one breakneck track, "The Neighbour's Can't Breathe", for its other ("That Birthday Present").
The moment of the night arrived when Graham hopped down into the crowd for "Cold Days From The Birdhouse". Where the audience at Southpaw gave him plenty of space a few nights earlier, the crowd at the Bowery crowded in close, enveloping Graham. And the crowd singing along as he belted the lyrics, "And your red sky at night won't follow me" and "So you make it your own/but this is where your arm can't go" was chill bump-inducing. It lead to Graham remarking, after he returned to the stage, "I don't think we'll ever forget this."
The Twilight Sad was incredibly loud and pretty much the definition of epic. The floor was shaking! The way those guitars swirl and those crescendos... it was a mesmerizing showcase of powerful, and noisy as heck, music that very few bands can even pull off. Great mix of new and old songs in the set list. When they played Cold Days From The Birdhouse, with the singer in the middle of the crowd, it felt special. The only thing missing from them is more stage presence from someone other than the lead singer.Pictures from Friday HERE. Tour dates HERE. More pictures from Tuesday, with The Twilight Sad's setlist, below...
words & photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
The Twilight Sad
If it was possible The Twilight Sad have gone even darker on their new record Forget The Night Ahead (Fat Cat). Yet what was evident on Friday night at Brooklyn's Southpaw is their live sound has not suffered as a result. Headlining an "early" set, along with label mates Brakesbrakesbrakes and We Were Promised Jetpacks, the Scottish quartet ratcheted the volume and dissonance blanketing lead singer James Graham's bleak lyrics about familial dysfunction and neglect.
Before all that, however, it was fellow Scots, We Were Promised Jetpacks, riding into Brooklyn on a wave of buzz. A full, but not sold out, venue led lead singer Adam Johnson to comment how there may have been only four people out to seem them on a visit to New York earlier this year. Supporting their summer release These Four Walls, it was a solid and heartfelt set - Johnson, belting out his lyrics, rising up on his toes for maximum effect. But it was always going to be the single "Quiet Little Voices" (played ad nauseum by the likes of KEXP) to garner the loudest applause.
The Fat Cat showcase continued with Brighton's Brakesbrakesbrakes (replacing Frightened Rabbits on this leg of the tour) and their set of sturdy rock numbers included cute 15-second songs like "Spring Chicken" and "Porcupine or Pineapple" played a second time after guitarist, Tom White admitted he "fucked up the chorus." White was the most entertaining of the quartet, thrashing about and raking his guitar violently along the mic stand.
But both bands still have a bit of a ways to go to match the sonic spectacle that is The Twilight Sad. With a sound that begs for an arena, the intimate nature of Southpaw allowed the Twilight Sad to swap their song's penchant for the epic for more intensity.
The searing guitar feedback from Night Ahead track and set opener "Reflection of the Television" gave way to the rumbling drums and bass as the curtains pulled back to find Graham and guitarist Andy MacFarlane sporting newly shaved heads. Graham stepped forth and doubled over singing "There's people downstairs, I'm more than a fighter, you know."
Keeping track of the songs off the setlist was a test in Caledonian translation as "Television" was listed as "Doonstairs" and "Loud/Quiet" was "Talking With Fireworks/Here, It Never Snowed" from 2007's debut "Fourteen Autumns, Fifteen Winters." Graham picked up a drumstick, dropped to his knees and hammered along with drummer Mark Devine during the loud part.
That debut landed them critical praise on both sides of the Atlantic and Graham mentioned that he thinks they had played more shows in New York than in Glasgow and he wasn't sure if that was a good thing. They did split the set almost evenly with songs from both records instead of opting for the practice of loading the set with new songs at the cost of older, familiar ones.
The fevered pitch of the set reached dizzying heights with showstopper "The Neighbours Can't Breathe" a train-without-breaks-number from the new record and Graham's primal screen of "You keep pulling on the heart strings."
Graham walked into the crowd for "Cold Days From The Birdhouse", singing back to his band and then stood painfully still on stage as "And She Would Darken The Memory of Youth" and set closer "I Am Taking The Train Home"'s swirling outros played around him. The latter building into a five-minute wall of noise as he left the stage. It wasn't quite "You Made Me Realise", but the nod was clearly in that direction and perfectly executed to punish anyone without ear plugs. Fair warning if you plan to see them Tuesday (TONIGHT, 10/6) at the Bowery Ballroom (tickets).
More pictures below...
I've known about tonight's (10/2) Southpaw show for a while, but I only just realized that it wasn't part of our original set of announced tour dates that did list Tuesday's Bowery Ballroom show with the same lineup of The Twilight Sad and Brakesbrakesbrakes (Bowery tix). Updated dates and a video below...
The final lineup for Monolith Festival, which takes place at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on September 12th-13th, is below. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Girl Talk headline Saturday night at the festival, and the Mars Volta and MSTRKRFT top the bill on Sunday. Deer Tick, Passion Pit, Doom, The Walkmen, The Thermals, and HEALTH are also some of the bands on the two-day bill.
Tickets and two-day passes are still on sale. We also has a pair of weekend tickets to give away. Details on that, with the full lineup, below...
DOWNLOAD: The Twilight Sad - Reflection Of The Television (MP3)
The Twilight Sad is going on a lengthy fall tour with labelmates (Fat Cat) and countrymen (Scotland) We Were Promised Jetpacks. The first leg of that tour, which also features Frightened Rabbit, kicks off September 13 at Monolith Festival. Frightened Rabbit (who just played the Siren Festival) is replaced by Brakesbrakesbrakes for the second leg, which includes a stop at the Bowery Ballroom on October 6th. Tickets are still on sale.
The Twilight Sad's new record, Forget the Night Ahead, will be out September 22nd on Fat Cat. A track from that is above, with a new video for the album's first single, "I Became A Prostitute," below.
All Twilight Sad tour dates are below...
If only they had jetpacks...
A trio of Scottish bands, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit, are touring parts of North America this September -- they'll stick to the West Coast and the South, starting out at Monolith Festival in Colorado on September 12th and 13th.
For the tour's second leg, Frightened Rabbit drops off, and Jetpacks and The Twilight Sad will be joined by Brakesbrakesbrakes (featuring Eamon Hamilton of British Sea Power). The dates and cities for that section are still TBA, but there will be a stop at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, October 6th. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 10th at noon.
Besides being from Scotland, all of the above-mentioned bands (even Brakes, but they are from England) are on Fat Cat Records. Jetpacks' debut, These Four Walls, is out now (July 7th) on the label. That album's "Quiet Little Voices" is posted above. The video for the same song is below.
The Twilight Sad's Forget the Night Ahead (their follow up to Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters) will be out September 22nd on Fat Cat. "Reflection of the Television" from the new record is posted above. The full track list is below. The Twilight Sad just visited NYC on their spring tour with Mogwai, which included three nights at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Frightened Rabbit won't be at that October 6th Bowery show, but they will be in NYC a bit earlier for their appearance at Siren Festival on July 18th. The night before the band plays a show at Maxwell's, which will be the first of two final Oxford Collapse gigs. Those shows are all part of the Frightened Rabbit's July tour.
All tour dates, and the above-mentioned stuff, below...
Willamette Week's Musicfest NW announces this year's festival line-up which will be held at various venues around the Portland, OR metropolitan area on September 16, 17, 18 & 19. On the heels of the most successful MFNW to date, MFNW 2009 launches with nothing but the hope of a bigger and better festival. MFNW's ultimate aim is to provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that features all types of acts including nationally renowned artists while still honoring and supporting the special musical scene of the Northwest.Four-day passes to the fest are on sale now.
The lineup so far, including the newly-reunited Sunny Day Real Estate, is below...
Papercuts merch will be available tonight (more by Fresh Bread)
tonight in NYC
* Wale @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Olof Arnalds @ Scandinavia House
* Junior Boys, Max Tundra @ Webster Hall
* Fear, Mongrel, Cerebral Ballzy, Runny @ Europa
* Mike Watt & The Missing Men, Mad Happy @ Maxwell's
* Franz Ferdinand, Born Ruffians @ Roseland Ballroom
* pow wow!, Shark?, The Sundelles, Darlings @ Glasslands
* Vetiver, Papercuts, These United States @ The Bell House
* Mr. Falcon, Diehard, So Cow, German Measles @ Bruar Falls
* Fischerspooner, Drop the Lime, No Bra @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Extra Life, Nat Baldwin, Rain Machine (Kyp Malone) @ Union Pool
* Trouble Andrew, Team Facelift, Juiceboxxx @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Glenn Branca, Neg-Fi, Paranoid Critical Revolution @ Issue Project Room
* Cut Off Your Hands, So So Glos, US Royalty, Grandmas Boy @ Mercury Lounge
* The Rhythm Method, Grooms, Real Estate, Taigaa, @ Public Assembly
A 4 minute Loney Dear documentary below...
The new We Were Promised Jetpacks video for "Quiet Little Voices" below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Quiet Little Voices" (MP3)
"The first thing you forget about We Were Jetpacks is how young they are. When your speakers crackle with surges of gratifying guitar squalls or when this breathless dazzle of uninhibited anthem-building is taken to a stage, the Jetpacks define themselves by the magic they create with their hands, not by their 1987 birth dates." [The Pop Cop]Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks are visiting our country for SXSW this week. Unfortunately, their only NYC show is the sold-out Wrens/Titus Andronicus KEXP gig at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (3/12). If you have a ticket and want to see them, get there early, they are the first of three. if you're going to Austin, you can catch them on Friday, March 20th at La Zona Rosa, and the other places listed below.
We Were Promised Jetpacks will release its debut LP in June 2009 on Fat Cat Records, the same label of fellow Scots and friends Frightened Rabbit (who played NYC in January). The two bands will perform together at Scala in London in April.
Though Frightened Rabbit might not have any stateside shows coming up, other Scotish bands set to appear at both the Austin fest and NYC include Camera Obscura (Bell House & Mercury Lounge), Primal Scream (MHOW & Webster Hall), and Glasvegas (MHOW & Webster Hall).
The Wrens will also be at SXSW and have a Brooklyn show coming up that is still on sale.
All WWPJP tour dates, plus videos for the band playing acoustic for Bandstand Busking at Brighton Pier, below...