The emo-shoegaze tunes are It Won’t Be Like This All The Time off-cuts 
Jessie Atkinson
09:30 8th October 2019

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The Cure-stanned The Twilight Sad are streaming two brand new songs today in advance of their AA-side physical release: ‘Rats’ and ‘Public Housing’ are both dramatic & glimmering emo shoegaze brilliance. 

As their autumn tour begins, The Twilight Sad drop the two new tunes on Rock Action with the promise that they’ll be available to purchase on one shiny vinyl release coming on 13 December. The AA-side comes at the end of a year in which the Scottish band released Top 20 album It Won’t Be Like This All The Time. 

Caught in a whirling storm of shoegaze-proportion electric guitars, ‘Rats’ is lifted out of the tempest by synth-tastic 80’s top notes and frontman James Graham’s sky-scraping vocals. 

Paranoid and disjointed, ‘Public Housing’ bumps along on the sawing riff of an addictive rhythm guitar and a dramatic vocal melody spilling over with Romantic earnestness. 

In a press release, guitarist Andy MacFarlane said: “‘Rats’ was in the first of demos…that paved the way for developing the sound and direction we wanted to take the album in.”

Graham continues, saying: “They felt heavier and lyrically they came from a place of complete despair.”

The Twilight Sad are about to embark on an EU/UK tour. Catch them headlining, as well as supporting Man of Moon (*): 

16 - Dublin, Button Factory
21 - Newcastle, University Student Union *
22 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
24 - Paris, Petit Bain *
25 - Borgerhout, Trix *
26 - Amsterdam, London Calling Festival
29 - San Sebastian, La Cripta Convent Garden *
30 - Madrid, Sala Cool *
31 - Barcelona, La Nau *

02 - Milan, Serraglio *
03 - Zurich, Bogen F *
05 - Vienna, Porgy & Bess *
07 - Warsaw, Hydrozagadaka *
08 - Berlin, Gretchen *
10 - Stockholm, Slaktkyrkan *
11 - Oslo, Vulkan Arena *
13 - Copenhagen, Vega *
15 - Hamburg, Mojo Club *
16 - Cologne, Club Volta *
17 - Frankfurt, Zoom *
23 - London, O2 Kentish Town Forum *
24 - Manchester, O2 Ritz
30 - Edinburgh, Usher Hall *

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Photo: Debi Del Grande