Formé en 2003, le groupe partage une élégance dans la tristesse qui reste sans pareille dans l’indie rock des îles britanniques. Peut-être parce qu’elle est sincère, leur chanteur James Graham déclarant à propos des paroles du premier album : “Les chansons parlent à peu près toutes de ce qui nous est arrivé, des gens qu’on connaît et d’où on habite”.
Ils s’inspirent de Leonard Cohen, Sonic Youth ou Serge Gainsbourg et ils ont prouvé qu’ils savaient reprendre à la fois Joy Division, les Smiths et les Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Mais leur son s’approche plus de la sombre progéniture qu’auraient pu enfanter Interpol et My Bloody Valentine après une soirée  beaucoup trop longue passée à hanter des bars beaucoup trop glauques en tapant de la cocaïne beaucoup trop mauvaise. Du moins c’est comme ça que je l’imagine.

It Won/t Be Like This All the Time leur cinquième album est sorti en janvier 2019.
« L’album porte les traces brutes, rêches et violentes des premiers disques du groupe, mais s’ouvre plus largement aux sonorités électroniques, les convoquant tantôt pour seconder les excès noisy des guitares, tantôt pour apaiser le propos en des ambiances qui flirtent avec les atmosphères de The Cure.  » @Magic


From their unassuming origins as a group of school friends drawn together by a shared passion for music to the global touring force they have quietly become, The Twilight Sad’s ascent has been forged the old way with grit, graft and four exceptional studio albums. The Kilsyth group – based around the core duo of James Graham and Andy MacFarlane – seemed to emerge fully formed with their blindsiding 2007 debut Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters but there has been an undeniable evolution throughout the critically acclaimed body of work they have since produced.

With a clear sense of purpose and a visceral collection of songs that backs up a newfound confidence, The Twilight Sad return in 2019 with their first full-length effort since 2014’s Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. An exhilarating listen, by turns cinematic and claustrophobic in its scope, the band dug deep to produce It Won’t Be Like This All the Time, perhaps their most raw and dynamic take on the stuff of life so far. The album’s story starts in the middle of the band’s longest break from the studio; their course was altered by a new alliance with The Cure which began in earnest with Robert Smith’s stirring cover of ‘There’s a Girl in the Corner’ in 2015. Two emotionally charged groups, generations apart yet undeniably cut from similar cloth.

With a new label in their corner – Mogwai’s Rock Action Records – there’s a palpable sense that The
Twilight Sad have arrived home. “Mogwai took us on tour early on, offered advice when we needed it, lent us gear to record and now we’ll officially be part of the Rock Action family where they have given us the freedom to make the record that we want,” says James. “They’ve been hugely influential and I’m excited to give something back for all the good faith they’ve had in us over the years.”