The Twilight Sad’s Video for "VTr," New Studio Album

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Glasgow's The Twilight Sad released their fifth full-length album, It Won/t Be Like This All The Time, on Friday, January 18th via new label Rock Action Records. The driving force of the cinematic album is “VTr,” a song with a new music video that encompasses the core of the band and their bursting, yet grim energy, with an atmospheric quality reminiscent of Joy Division’s post-punk, electronic sound.

Vocalist James Graham talks about their writing process, stating, “Our agenda is still to write something which is true, honest and exciting to ourselves, but we also have realized that what we’re doing matters to other people. When our music connects it can become as important to them as it is to us.”

The 11 tracks on It Won/t Be Like This All The were born on the band’s recent tour with The Cure, covering dark tones and feverish vitality, but also mixing in warm tones, taking listeners through a roller coaster of harsh and melodic sounds. The result is enigmatic, with an undercurrent of loss and hope each step of the way. Graham explains, “This album definitely comes with the extremes of every side of the band, I think. There’s a certain direct openness and candor now but at the same time I want to keep some mystery. We don’t like to throw things in people’s faces and spell it out for them.”

Graham and guitarist Andy MacFarlane first met in high school and started producing their first songs in 2003 while living in Kilsyth, Scotland. Five albums and countless tours later, the band now consists of original members Graham and MacFarlane, in addition to Johnny Docherty (Take a Worm For a Walk Week, RUNGS), Brendan Smith (The Blue Nile, The Unwinding Hours), and Sebastien Schultz.

Listen to or pick up the album in its entirety, here, and catch them on their US tour this May.

Tour Dates

May 10 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry

May 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere

May 12 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall

May 14 – Boston, MA – Sonia

May 16 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground

May 17 – Detroit, MI – El Club

May 18 – Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village

May 21 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

May 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

May 24 – Vancouver, BC – Wise Hall

May 26 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile

May 27 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir

May 29 – San Francisco, CA – Independent

May 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom