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The Twilight Sad

Scottish indie rockers The Twilight Sad have a new album on the way in February.  It’s loud. Very loud.  It’s called No One Can Ever Know. And it’s going to get even louder live, thank you very much.

“I like how the new songs fit in when we play live,” guitarist Andy MacFarlane says. “The set is much more dynamic now – it still has its points of making your ears bleed, but due to the sparse nature of the new songs, there’s more breathing space.”

‘Sparse’ isn’t really a term that springs to mind when listening to The Twilight Sad, but perhaps MacFarlane means this as a relative term. The band’s sound generally conjures up the audio equivalent of several layers of song with some loose nuts and bolts sprinkled on top (this isn’t a bad thing, just a noisy thing.) The new songs pull back the reins on the racket somewhat, adding in a little more darkness and sharpness than their previous tracks have offered. MacFarlane explains.

“I always like to try and develop on what we have done previously,” he says, “and the songs we were writing suited a more sparse, bleak sound, instead of the layers of guitars and noise that we’ve done in the past.”

The album also, MacFarlane says, fell together ‘quickly and easily’ this time around, which he attributes to not really having a specific vision of what the band wanted the set to sound like.

“That can be very time-consuming,” he says, “we learned that doing the second record. The most challenging aspect was to not overdo the songs, and to hold back from adding lots of different parts and instruments to them.”

Restraint = progress, perhaps?

“I think fans will hopefully like the fact that our writing is developing, and that we’re moving forward instead of staying static,” MacFarlane says.

Recorded at London’s The Pool studio for a mere month last year, The Twilight Sad produced the album technically by themselves, but called in producer Andrew Weatherall as both a sounding board, and to keep the boys from straying too far down the lane whenever things got aggrevating.

“We had Andrew in there to bounce ideas off, and to more or less reassure us on what we were doing, which he saw as more of an ‘anti-producer’ role,” MacFarlane says, “we worked pretty much all morning, day and night, just experimenting with sounds on old analogue synths, drum machines, and anything else we could find that would occupy us long enough to stay out the pub.” – Kristi Kates

Find out more about The Twilight Sad and their new album at their official website.