Despite the last minute show announcement, The Twilight Sad
played to a packed house at Brooklyn's Southpaw
last Friday night. Gracing the surprisingly-sober crowd with tunes from their new record, Forget The Night Ahead
, couldn't have looked less excited to be, well, anywhere. Fortunately, the medley of messy distortion, pitch-shifting effects, and stick-splintering percussion was more than enough to command what attention the band's Scottish scowls did not. Though he kept his back to the audience for the first half of the set, lead singer James Graham finally looked like he was having fun in the final thirty minutes, twice helping Mark Devine wreak havoc on the skins and once delivering his drowned-out vocals from among the audience on the house floor.
There's no question that the boys from Glasgow were happy to be in Brooklyn, but that's mostly because Graham told us as much twice during the night. It's true that the music is the most important part of the show and with that, The Twilight Sad were spot on, but a little more exhibited cheer wouldn't have hurt. Then again, they are called "The Twilight Sad". Maybe the scowls were just for show.
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