Friday, September 4, 2009

A Twilight Sad - Forget The Night Ahead

I'm not sure what's in the water in Scotland (I guess safe money is on the whiskey) but the verdant plains have fostered a host of fabulous bands in the last 20 years. I'm not dying to hear The Proclaimers anytime soon, but Mogwai, Aereogramme and Glasvegas do yeoman duty in keeping me from hating most of the bands that deign to release material today.

Much like the delightful Teenage Fanclub, The Twilight Sad are all about the hooks, but have no problem adding some noise to the proceeding to keep it interesting. The tour EP they dropped last Christmas was pretty stellar, if a little cover-heavy, and did little to diminish my anticipation for a new full-length. Thankfully, that full-length is now here. Forget The Night Ahead varies little from the band's time-honored plan of beautifully noisy rock songs. The dear-departed Aereogramme remains a touchstone, but that is very far from a bad thing and The Twilight Sad are far from unoriginal, even if Dok from Aereogramme is playing keys on tour. The theme for Forget The Night Ahead is the problem acclimating to real life after touring on the level the band does. Made To Disappear and Reflection Of The Television capture that vibe nicely without degenerating into maudlin "The Load-Out" introspection. A Twilight Sad will make sweet love to your ears in a noisy way and you'll like it. Pick up Forget The Night Ahead from Fat Cat here and look for them on tour in NYC soon.


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