Off the back of the news of their recent signing to Rock Action Records, Glasgow’s The Twilight Sad have released a brand new song, ‘I/m Not Here [missing face]’.
It’s a driving, motorik return from the much-loved Scots, with wailing guitars and swirling synths circling around frontman James Graham’s repeated declarations of “I don’t want to be around you anymore.” Graham describes the track’s lyrical basis as being “about my ongoing battle with not liking myself, trying to be a good person but constantly feeling like I’m failing myself and everyone I care about.”
Exploring its inception, the band’s Andy MacFarlane jovially adds, “I was attempting to play ‘Ogives’ by Erik Satie, but I’m really shit at the piano so it didn’t happen, but I came up with the music using those chord shapes. So from my perspective, it’s a bad cover version of that piece of music.”
These autumn shows will follow on from appearances at both Barcelona and Porto’s Primavera festivals as well as Robert Smith‘s Meltdown festival and The Cure‘s BST day in London. Off the back of their extensive touring with The Cure, it’s a fairly quickfire return to the stage for The Twilight Sad, however they’ve never been the kind of band to do things by half measures. Speaking of the upcoming shows, MacFarlane says, “I’m really excited to start playing again. I’ve got the drive and I want us to get back out there and do it from a new perspective. We all enjoy playing, we need to rehearse these songs with a new drummer… but it’s all such uncharted territory, l think that’s why it’s exciting to me. I can’t tell exactly what’s going to happen. I like that chaotic side of it.”
The band’s signing to Rock Action – a home for so much rich, deserving music, particularly in the band’s native Scotland – feels like something of a homecoming for The Twilight Sad. Speaking of the union, Graham says, “To be able to say that we’re on that record label, to try and give something back for all the good faith they’ve had in us over the years. Mogwai took us on tour early on, introduced us to Robert [Smith]. They’ve been a through line for us and I’m excited to be a part of that label.”