The video to this soaring, motorik sad banger captures the energy of the band live
Cai Trefor
11:11 9th January 2019

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Glasgow's The Twilight Sad have today released the video for their new single 'VTr'. Watch on Gigwise below.

The exhilarating track bodes well for the Robert Smith-tipped indie rockers' forthcoming album IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME, out 18 January on Rock Action.

Twilight Sad's sound derives from an unsettling place and sweeps you into another world, thanks to the sheer excellence of each component in this astute ensemble.

A driving, motorik drum beat is the anchor for the beautiful synth embellishments, the dense orchestra of distorted brilliance coming from the guitar, and the pummelling bass to grip on to.

James Graham's lead vocals top it all off and are a soaring presence and every line of his cathartic delivery shoots straight from the heart. 

Recognising the enduring value of analog film, the band's accompanying video for the single is shot on 16mm film and the idea is to capture the energy of a Twilight Sad live show from the perspective of someone’s memory of one of their performances. There's an artful finish - plenty of visual effects to make it all the more immersive.

Of creating the video, director Michael Sherrington says: "I have always personally been interested in how we as humans perceive the world, the interplay between reality and our memory. How we experience events and the fragmentation of it when replayed through the prism of our consciousness."

The band's keyboardist Brendan Smith adds:

"We were keen to do something that felt like one of our gigs and to stay away from elaborate narratives or abstract concepts. Playing live is the exciting part for us and having a video that represents that was always the intention for 'VTr.'"

Twilight Sad's upcoming album is said in a press release to have largely developed during lengthy tours with The Cure. The writing was finished between guitarist Andy MacFarlane's London home and a residency in a remote rehearsal space on Loch Fyne. A self-producing band, they did the recording in Devon's Middle Farm Studios with engineer Andy Bush.

Fans of the single streaming above will be greeted with a record that's dark overall but offers melodic and stripped back moments, too. Thematically, the band's frontman says there's a balance of openness and candour and mystery.


1. 10 Good Reasons for Modern Drugs
2. Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting
3. The Arbor
4. VTr
5. Sunday Day13
6. I/m Not Here [missing face]
7. Auge_Maschine
8. Keep It All To Myself
9. Girl Chewing Gum
10. Let's Get Lost
11. Videograms

The Twilight Sad tour dates;

27 - Manchester, Gorilla (Sold Out) 
28 - London, Electric Ballroom (tickets)

02 - Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom (Sold Out)

14-16 - Mannheim, Maifeld Derby Festival
14-16 - Duisburg, Traumzeit Festival

11-14 - Lleida, Doctor Festival
13 - Madrid, Mad Cool Festival

16 - Glasgow, Bellahouston Park

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