Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Twilight Sad at the Knitting Factory. September 20, 2009. Los Angeles, CA.

Sandwiched as the meat in a marvelous all-Scottish lineup consisting also of headliner Frightened Rabbit and opener We Were Promised Jetpacks (who, like the Twilight Sad, easily could have headlined to success), the Twilight Sad recently held their second supporting slot at the Knitting Factory since 2007. Two years prior, the venue's poor sound had interfered a touch with an otherwise fantastic set, and vocalist James Graham, like an unsocialized child, had sat and huddled with his beer to skip out on the instrumental parts of songs that didn't require his talent. At 25, he's a more confident performer, still primarily facing stage right when he sings, but when not needed, standing upright and staring down his audience with piercing eyes and an almost frighteningly-confrontational spirit.

Graham's vocals were strong, his performance of “Cold Days From the Birdhouse” matching those of the alternate version that appears on the Here it Never Snowed. Afterwards it Did. EP, his beautiful brogue allowing for thickly rolled arrrs all over “I Am Taking the Train Home.” All the while, Andy MacFarlane played his gorgeous cream Jaguar almost fully with his tremolo bar, as a poker-faced Craig Orzel, donning two differently striped socks sans shoes, strummed his bass, the pair creating a dense wall of ringing noise from opener “Reflection of the Television” forward. They seem a touch happier these days, somehow, and even with the fifth member they've added, Martin Doherty (formerly) of Aereogramme, all members are so incredibly necessary, each adding his own beautiful noise.

And the lurvely We Were Promised Jetpacks:

(I will champion this band over perhaps any other in the present, and so I strongly urge you to pick up the brand spankin' new Forget the Night Ahead, as well as all other releases, EP or otherwise.)

1 comment:

travis said...

The Twilight Sad added a member of Aereogramme to the band?? Hooooooly shit! So excited to see them.