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The Twilight Sad
8:00 PM - 11:59 PM The Independent
Date: May 29, 2019 to May 29, 2019
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, California, United States, 94117
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with Kathryn Joseph
In 2014, The Twilight Sad were at a crossroads. The Scottish group, built around a core line-up of frontman James Graham, guitarist Andy MacFarlane and drummer Mark Devine, found themselves in a state of uncertainty about the sustainability - emotionally, financially, practically - of carrying on in their current guise. While their trio of albums up until this point - incendiary 2007 debut Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, its prickly and unsettling 2009 follow-up Forget the Night Ahead, and 2012s krautrock-infused No One Can Ever Know - were quick to tick critical boxes, the band never found themselves quite reaching the levels of visibility they felt were within their grasp.The Twilight Sad, its always felt, have never been the sort of band to want notoriety for the wrong reasons, but as a means to spread a message of understanding and empathy through some of the most honest, cathartic music to come out of the British Isles in decades.We would never write music just to get those things, if people like our music enough to make those things happen then that's great, he continued. If not, we're not going to change our music to make that happen. I love being in this band, it's everything to me. I want to play big gigs, small gigs. I just want to write and play music for as long as I can. We don't write pop songs so I don't think we'll ever really break into the mainstream but if we can keep progressing musically and people are still coming to our gigs then I'll be happy. If something crazy happened and we did break through to mainstream we'd embrace it with both hands while still staying true to ourselves.Its apt, then, that 2014s Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave - their fourth album proper - and its ensuing lifespan in the public eye saw the bands most outright flirting with the mainstream yet, albeit one still very much on their own terms.Recorded at Mogwais Castle of Doom studio, NWTBHANWTL
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