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Saturday, February 21st, 2009

I Was Hoping Winter Was Over

The Twilight Sad kill their parents and hit the road

Photo By Javier VillegasJavier VillegasI’m sure it was just coincidence that the routing for Mogwai’s just-announced Spring North American tour are bringing them to the Phoenix in Toronto on May 4 – the same night that fellow Scots Franz Ferdinand are going to dance it up at the Kool Haus, but any way you slice it, that’s still a lot of Scottishness in town in one evening. If your Caledonian loyalties are torn, however, perhaps this little bit of information will help your decision making – Mogwai’s support for the first leg of the tour, including the T.O. show, will be The Twilight Sad.

I’ve been waiting for The Twilight Sad to return since they destroyed the El Mocambo in April 2007, and though they’ve returned to the continent a couple times since then, they’ve not paid us a visit. Their 2007 debut Fourteen Autumns, Fifteen Winters was one of my favourites of the year and while they’ve not yet followed it up – sessions for album two are underway and it’s targeted for a September release – they weren’t idle in releasing new music in the interim, either. They had two 2008 releases – the Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did EP, which recast a number of the full-lengths tracks by trading in some of the sonic fury of the originals for a more ambient, textured approach with surprisingly effective results, and the tour-only/digital-otherwise collection of this and that in Killed My Parents And Hit The Road, which cobbled together covers, live versions and unreleased tracks into a satisfying stop-gap.

Now I’m not suggesting that the young’ns will be able to top the headliners for sheer aural assault – Mogwai have been shredding eardrums for over a decade – but I have no doubt that The Twilight Sad will give them a run for their money. I’m most excited about finally getting to see them again, and will never complain about seeing Mogwai for the umpteenth time. See you at the Phoenix May 4?

Twilight Sad frontman James Graham dropped The Skinny a quick note at the end of last year, just before heading into the studio, to give an idea of what we might expect from album number two.

MP3: The Twilight Sad – “Cold Days From The Birdhouse”
MP3: The Twilight Sad – “That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy”
MySpace: The Twilight Sad

Click Music talks to Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison about their Liver! Lung! FR! live acoustic album, released in North America last Fall but only getting a UK release on March 30.

MP3: Frightened Rabbit – “Old Old Fashioned” (live)

Virgin Music interviews White Lies. Their debut To Lose My Life is out in North America on March 17 and they play Lee’s Palace on March 31.

Spin talks to Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan about what to expect from their Summer tour, which kicks off July 24 in Toronto (venue TBA). Their new album Sounds Of The Universe is out April 21.

Someone out there with a lot of juice must be a big House Of Love fan, because even though they were never much of a success their first time around and their 2005 reunion didn’t do much better, they continue to undergo one of the more thorough reissue programs around. Following reissues over the last few years of their first few album and two sets of John Peel sessions, yet another record is coming – Live At The BBC gathers together 19 tracks recorded at the Beeb between 1990 and 1992 and will be available for myself and the half-dozen other fans of the band to pick up as of March 2.

By : Frank Yang at 1:49 pm
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  1. Annie Zaleski says:

    i’ve actually lost track as to what House of Love releases i have originally, and which new(ish)ones i need to pick up. is “the creation recordings 1986-88” the same as the original self-titled album? is the Peel Sessions CD i have from 2001 or 2002 the same stuff covered on that other collection? it’s mind-boggling.

    i’m also considering going to see Mogwai in another city just for the Twilight Sad. i saw them play to about 50 people in fall 07, and it was amazing.