Today, Glasgow's The Twilight Sad announce their return with the band's fifth full-length – and their first for their new label Rock Action Records – IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME arriving on January 18th, 2019. The news comes accompanied by a second taster of the record – following recent single 'I/m Not Here [missing face]' – in the guise of its tumultuous, icy closer 'Videograms', which also sees release as a standalone 10”.
Speaking of the track, frontman James Alexander Graham says, "'Videograms' was the first song written for the album but the last song finished before we went in to record. It’s one of the most melodic things we’ve done. Since writing the song I’ve heard the phrase "don’t you start on me” whilst walking down the street, in the supermarket, in the pub. It must have been something that I’d heard a lot that stuck with me and came out in this song.
"I quite like that it's the first official single yet it's the last song on the album. There’s sometimes pressure to front load an album with the singles as it's assumed that people don’t have the attention span to listen to a full record, but people that know us and like our music know that we make albums that should be listened to all the way through as every song is a chapter in the overall story of it. It's also why I love Rock Action as there was no pressure from them, they let us do what we wanted with the track list.”
While the 11 tracks that comprise IWBLTATT largely began to take form during the band's lengthy recent tours with The Cure, it wasn't until returning to the UK and the isolation of his London home, that guitaristAndy MacFarlane distilled the band’s collective aspirations – to find immediacy in their writing, to bring a new hugeness to the often dark matter of their songs – into demos for their fifth LP. Following six months of pre-production, his vision was made flesh during a productive residency in a remote rehearsal space onLoch Fyne last November. Eager to keep momentum, the band subsequently tracked their efforts at Devon’s Middle Farm Studios with long serving live engineer Andy Bush in January of this year.
For this record, Graham and MacFarlane officially brought long-time touring members Brendan Smith (The Blue Nile, The Unwinding Hours) and Johnny Docherty (Take a Worm For a Walk Week, RUNGS) in from the wings to help push The Twilight Sad to the next plateau.
The results speak for themselves: an exhilarating listen, by turns cinematic and claustrophobic in its scope, the band dug deep to produce It Won’t Be Like This All the Time, and it's perhaps their most raw and dynamic record to date.
“It’s a dark record but I think there are some uplifting moments to be had too," Graham offers. "There are so many extremes here – there are moments that are harsh, then others that are quite melodic and others that are stripped right down. This album definitely comes with the extremes of every side of the band, I think. There’s a certain direct openness and candour now but at the same time I want to keep some mystery. We don’t like to throw things in people’s faces and spell it out for them.”
Listen to 'Videograms' here: https://youtu.be/TPMUYLF7S5c