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As made clear already by widely-spread preview track “Kill It In The Morning” and first single “Sick,” The Twilight Sad’s third full-length, No One Can Ever Know, marks a sonic shift for the band. Freshly inspired by a listening diet of Cabaret Voltaire, Can, Liars, Magazine, Autechre, and Public Image Limited, the band turn to a dark, synth-heavy sound for No One Can Ever Know; the resulting LP shares thematic and sonic space with the most innovative offerings from Depeche Mode, The Cure, or even Nine Inch Nails. “We wanted to be a lot more spontaneous, get outside our comfort zone – not to fall back into repeating what we’ve done previously,” explains guitarist Andy MacFarlane. “So we moved to London for a month to record at The Pool and got Andrew Weatherall involved to bounce ideas off and to generally reassure us of the direction we were already progressing in – toward a sparser sound, with a colder, slightly militant feel.”


Under the guidance of Weatherall the band experimented with vintage analogue synths – borrowed from producer Ben Hillier – to work on the core sounds they wanted, finding further inspiration in the distinctive production style of innovators like Factory Records’ Martin Hannett and Cluster‘s Conny Plank.

Originally Released February 6th, 2012

We have been talking about recording a live album for a long time. We think this is the best we’ve been playing as a live band and wanted to document that. With five albums of material we felt now was the time.
Over the past few months we were figuring out how to release the album and then covid-19/lockdown/gig cancellations happened. We quickly decided that we would release the album digitally on a pay what you want basis. The reason behind this is that we know that financially it is a worrying time for a lot of people and for ourselves included. We wanted to make sure we could give everyone who likes our band one of our gigs live in their living room as we can’t be out in the world playing gigs right now.

We wanted to make sure that anyone who wants the album can afford it as well. I hope everyone is doing okay. I hope this helps. The title of our last album It Won/t Be Like This All the Time has been living with me for the past three/four years and right now that sentiment feels stronger than ever. We’ll get through this together.
Sending our love to you and all the health services around the world.


On what was originally to be the date of the first of two nights at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, The Twilight Sad release It Won/t Be Like This All the Time Live: a momentous collection of live recordings captured across the band’s 2019 tours, one of the busiest years to date for a group well used to the live circuit.
released April 16th, 2020 The Twilight Sad  – James, Andy, Johnny, Brendan & Seb,

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Recorded during the sessions for It Won’t Be Like This All The Time, the latest album by The Twilight Sad, ‘Rats’ is three minutes of fairly unbridled misery. The Scottish post-rock band aren’t exactly known for cheery outings but ‘Rats’ takes their typically sobering approach to a frantic extreme. Feedback screeches against the track’s driving refrain of “all you love is dead” before it all comes to a crashing halt. ‘Rats’ is dark, nihilistic, chaotic and so very cathartic.

The Twilight Sad have returned with a duo of new songs, recorded during the sessions for “IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME” Listen to ‘Rats’ and ‘Public Housing’

both available across streaming platforms now. The AA-side 7” single is coming in December (limited to 1000 individually stencilled copies).

Out Lines

Indie supergroup Out Lines release a single, ‘Buried Guns’, via Rock Action Records.

Out Lines is a new collaborative project between Kathryn Joseph, the singer-songwriter behind 2015 SAY Award-winning album bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled; James Graham, frontman for Glaswegian indie treasures The Twilight Sad; and Marcus Mackay, critically-acclaimed producer, songwriter and percussionist, and founder of iconic recording studio The Diving Bell Lounge.

Joseph provides piano and harmonium, with Mackay contributing live and programmed percussion as well bass synth with Graham and Joseph taking turns at lead vocals.

The threesome got together following what was originally intended as a one-off performance at Platform in April 2016. The Easterhouse venue regularly hosts events programmed by former Delgado Alun Woodward and it was as part of the Outskirts Festival that Graham and Joseph translated stories heard through their conversations with locals into songs with Mackay, founder of the Diving Bell Lounge studio, steering the live sound.

An album ‘Conflats’ – recorded at Diving Bell, mixed by Tony Doogan at Mogwai’s Castle of Doom, and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright – is due out on October 27th, with artwork by Scott Hutchinson out of Frightened Rabbit.

‘Buried Guns’ is taken from the album ‘Conflats’, out 27th October 2017 on Rock Action Records.



The Twilight Sad have been trying their best to work with Robert Smith for over three years. It began when fellow Scottish prog-rocker Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite sent the band an email from The Cure frontman professing his fandom. They initially tried to have him remix a track for their remix release of No One Can Ever Know, but Robert Smith was occupied with the Cure on the road. Then, after releasing their 2014 album Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, they took another shot and emailed Smith to see if he’d want to cover a song for a double A-side for the final single, “It Never Was the Same”.

“I couldn’t believe it when he replied, saying he’d like to cover ‘There’s a Girl in the Corner’,recalled Twilight Sad guitarist Andy MacFarlane. “He sent it over when we were playing San Francisco in March, and we listened to it over and over in the van, driving out after the gig. Hearing someone that we’ve all looked up to for so long sing and play one of our songs is definitely one of the most surreal moments we’ve ever had.” Take a listen here now .




Scottish trio The Twilight Sad dropped their latest album Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave and gave the album track Last January the visual treatment last fall. They kicked off the new year with the track “The Airport”  as the B-side teaser to a single that didn’t make the album. Today, they release a video for A-side “I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want,” a grand mid-tempo rock ballad that fits right into the album’s moody soundscape. The video is a barebones black-and white-performance clip set in a dark room that matches the song’s feel.

Here is the track The Airport B-side to ‘I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want’


The band are playing instore at the Rough Trade Records in Nottingham City centre




The group’s fourth LP, “Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave”, more than justifies this ascension. Where there were youthful, wayward meanderings, So after exorcising the sorrows of lessons learnt along the way. The new sound with the synths more comfortable in their supporting role, plus new orchestral sounds emerge, The guitars return to the forefront and Graham’s rich vocal is more assured, with a newly matured verve for heart-melting melodies that elevates this record to a place where the band had only earlier dabbled. This record soars with an evolved clarity and punchy guitar hooks, addictive refrains and vocal melodies to weep over.



The Twilight Sad’s new LP, Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave, was released last month, with a small tour to support the album, the Scottish group gives us a video for “Last January.” The clip features two tattooed men as they drive around a nondescript city and walk through a field, smoking and looking depressed. The melancholy song is complemented by the moody expressions of the actors and director Nicola Collins’ choice to film in crisp black and white. Watch.