I got to know The Twilight Sad through another great Scottish band, We Were Promised Jetpacks. I don’t remember if they were playing a show together or if WWPJ posted a link about them, but I heard Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters sometime around 2008 or 2009. I really dug that album, but I didn’t stick with the band as much as I should have. I listened to their other records off and on, nothing really sticking with me despite the music being really good across the board.
Their most recent album, Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave is great, and brought me back into the fold. I was excited to see them play live finally, and the show wasn’t really anything like what I expected. While most of the band is pretty chill and just plays their parts very well, James Graham whips across the stage in a violent fit. He balances the violence with a beautiful grace, dancing along to the beat like every song is an early Christmas present he’s been waiting an eternity to receive.