Okay, so these are some great songs, but before you listen, gather up some patience. The Twilight Sad are purveyors of post-modern anthemic rock. For starters, they approach their tunes with confidence, allowing upfront vocals to set a scene over hazy, wafting background clatter, and before you know it, you’re in an arena burner. But just before you can write off the track for being too “good,” the song self-destructs. Root movement bass and crashing guitars that drift from far off slowly melt to shoegazey sheets of white noise ? and they’re rescued from Snow Patrol purgatory. There’s a strong dose of The Walkmen’s “The Rat” in “And She Would Darken,” the songs separated by a charming trans-Atlantic accent, but bound by that pulsing, claustrophobic feel. Each track walks the tightwire between sap and heart turner ? but the overdriven guitar lashings that turn to complete deconstruction give ‘em balance. They’re winners.
Looks like the band is moving into the LES for a spell. After CMJ shows on 11/1 at The Delancey (3PM) and Fontanas (8PM), The Twilight Sad will be in residency for three Sundays at Pianos, beginning 11/5. Plenty of chances to check ‘em, no excuse not to!
The Glaswegians’ five song The Twilight Sad EP is out 11/14 in the US and Canada on Fat Cat Records.