Frightened Rabbit…an almost weekly update…and Twilight Sad!


I know, I know…it’s been at least, what, a week at least since I mentioned Frightened Rabbit on here?

However, with Fat Cat sending me both the Twilight Sad’s remix of an Errors’ track (the remix of the opening track from Errors’ forthcoming album out on February 15, Come Down With Me), and the video for the new Frightened Rabbit single both arriving in my inbox today…how could I not?

To these ears, the Twilight Sad remix evokes Fuck Buttons (which is interesting, sorta, as the Errors played with Fuck Buttons in Scotland when they were both supporting Mogwai, whose label, incidentally, Rock Action, the Errors are signed to!)

Errors -‘Bridge Or Cloud? (Twilight Sad remix).’ mp3

Meanwhile, this is the video for the new Frightened Rabbit single ‘Nothing Like You’ out on February 22. I am fervently hoping that there is not going to be a backlash against Frightened Rabbit now they are getting the attention they so richly deserve.

Frightened Rabbit on MUZU

(Sorry I confused Frightened Rabbit with Twilight Sad earlier – a depressingly early senior moment at the age of thirty three)

Album Review: Twilight Sad


Twilight Sad -‘Forget the Night Ahead.’ (Fat Cat)

In 2007, when the Twilight Sad released their debut album Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, they were the talk of Scotland. Here was an epic sounding band, whose marriage of the epic sadness of Mogwai and Arab Strap were wowing us all. They became a cool name to drop – deservedly -and the night I saw them on the same bill, sandwiched between the then unsigned Broken Records and headliners Idlewild just made perfect sense. A couple of EPs cum compilations later (The Twilight Sad Killed My Parents And Hit The Road and Here It never Snowed, Afterwards It Did) they unleash their sophomore release.

sigh. See, thing is, it is a really good album. It’s got some great songs on it – the opening brace of ‘Reflection Of the Television’ and first single ‘I Became A Prostitute’ is really impressive. It’s just…no matter how many times I’ve played this album, half a dozen plus listens later, I’m forced to admit the uncomfortable truth to myself: It is a good album, just not a great one.

Second albums are traditionally difficult things. And when your first album, almost always written before you’ve been signed, has been a kick up the backside to an industry that fifty years in, is still always in danger of getting smug and self-satisfied, that momentum needs to keep going. The problem is that bands frequently never get enough time to do their second album. It’s a good companion piece to their debut – and if I hadn’t heard their debut, I’d probably be blown away. But the reality is, music isn’t made in a vacuum, nor is it consumed in one.

So, good work guys, but the third album needs to be really, really special.


Forget the Night Ahead is out now on Fat Cat.

The Twilight Sad website/The Twilight Sad myspace
Twilight sad -‘Reflection Of The Television.’ mp3

The return of The Twilight Sad


And…they’re (almost) back! Currently touring the UK, The Twilight Sad have been working on their sophomore album at Glasgow’s Chem 19 studio (which is also where Escape Act are working on theirs). The record is entitled Forget The Night Ahead.

Their debut, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters was released two years ago. In that time it picked up a lot of blog love, and a growing reputation deservedly spread, not just in Scotland but across the world. When I received an from FatCat records today to say was I interested in receiving an mp3 of the first fruits of the sessions…how could I say no? When I heard it I was even more pleased, to these ears, it’s just as good as ‘And She Would Darken The Memory’ or ‘That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy.’

So here it is…presenting for your enjoyment, the first fruits from the recording sessions for their next album…

The Twilight Sad -‘Reflection Of the Television.’ mp3

The Twilight Sad website/The Twilight Sad myspace

I hope you’ll like it, I’m sure you will, but please leave feedback!

Oh, and if you haven’t heard them before, via insound here is one of their earlier songs:

Twilight Sad -‘That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy.’ mp3

Album Review: Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad -‘Here, it Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did.’ (Fat Cat)

Last year, The Twilight Sad’s debut LP Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters indicated that here was a band from Glasgow who built upon their city’s heritage and then blasted it away. Whilst they work on the follow-up, they have issued this six track mini-LP.

Although they view it as self-contained release, given that four of the tracks appeared on their debut, it will be viewed as a companion piece by many. But four of the tracks are re-workings (and the re-examining of them suggests that’s a more appropriate word to use than re-recording, which infers their was something wrong with the original. Which blatantly there wasn’t). There are also two new tracks here which make the price of admission worthwhile alone, a cover of Daniel Johnston’s ‘Some Things Last A Long Time’ which closes the record, and the title track.

James Graham’s vocals not only sound like they are sung from the heart, it’s also refreshing to see that Scottish bands increasingly have the confidence to sing in their own accents (I wonder if Alex Salmond will take the credit for that,too?) Listening to this, I also hear more of the scottish folk influence coming through than I did on the debut.

It’s no bad thing to view this as a companion release to the debut, rather it indicates just how much promise this band have -and indeed, deliver. Don’t rush the sophomore, fellas, on this evidence, take all the time you need.


Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did is released by Big Cat on June 9.

Twilight Sad -‘And She Would Darken The Memory (Original Version).’ mp3

Twilight Sad – ‘Walking For Two Hours (Original Version).’ mp3

Twilight Sad MySpace

Gig review: Idlewild/Twilight Sad/Broken Records

Gig review: Idlewild/Twilight Sad/Broken Records

Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, November 3, 2007

Great scottish acts I have seen on the bill together: Franz Ferdinand, Dogs Die In Hot Cars and Sons & Daughters at York Fibbers in October 2003. Fire Engines, Sons & Daughters and Aberfeldy at Edinburgh Liquid Rooms in December 2004. Aberfeldy, King Creosote and My Latest Novel at Edinburgh St. Bride’s Centre in April 2005…amongst many…and now this.

My first reaction, when Mrs. 17 Seconds and I arrive at Edinburgh’s Queen Hall, is ‘does no-one tell me anything? I knew that the Twilight Sad were supporting (hotly-tipped, mentioned on this blog, but as yet, unseen by me) but Broken Records, last seen supporting Emma Pollock at Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire are here too? Just as well I rushed my long-suffering wife out of the house in time for the doors to open.

Seven piece Broken Records modestly describe themselves as ‘just a local, edinburgh band’ (just?! what do they think idlewild are, then?) but if they aren’t signed soon then something is wrong with this picture. Songs like ‘If the News Makes You Sad, Don’t Watch It’ and set closer ‘Slow Parade’ are songs that need to be heard. They take the passion of the Waterboys, and by mixing drones and good knows what else into it, make folk music for the 21st century. Despite seeming a little shy after their set when I approach them, this is serious music alchemy at work here. They are happy for me to post their songs on here and Mrs. 17 Seconds is already saying she wants to see them again. So do I. the singer’s voice is comparable to Jeff Buckley, not just in tone and quality, but in range, too. They deservedly win the audience over by the end of their all-too-brief set.

Glasgow’s Twilight Sad have set ears, minds and pulses racing with their debut album Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters. This album should do well in the end of year polls, and not just in Scotland either. Live they make a glorious wave of noise to lose yourself in, and if titles like second song ‘That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy’ might seem unwieldy on paper, they are a joy live and I am not disappointed. looking at my notes, I appear to have put down the comment ‘like mogwai, if singing were involved.’ * Joined by Alan and Rod from idlewild for the last couple of songs, the coverage that has been awarded them is deserved, and should continue to grow.

It’s now over ten years since I picked up Idlewild’s debut single ‘Queen Of the Troubled Teens.’ Now going for a fortune on 7″ (well, about £50/$100) the band have developed and grown over the years, even with a few line-up changes along the way. By the time they go into ‘You Held The World In Your Arms’ -as their second song-the crowd is going mental. Mrs. 17 Seconds has long held the gig that I took her to for her birthday in 2005 as one of her favourites (supported by Sons & Daughters and Foxface -another great scottish lineup. This is closely followed by ‘When I Argue I See Shapes’ and ‘No Emotion’ from their most recent album, Make Another World. This might not have been the commercial success that The Remote Part was, but this is no reflection on Idlewild themselves. And as Roddy notes, ‘It sold a lot of copies in Edinburgh.’ ‘Course it did, boys, we still see you as one of ours.

Although this is Idlewild’s greatest hits tour, it should be no surprise to anyone just how many hits they have had over the last ten years, which also took them onto TOTP (how long til that returns?). ‘Little discourage’ (still my favourite)’American English’ ‘Love Speeds Us From Loneliness’ ‘I am a message’ ‘Everyone Thinks That You’re So Fragile.’ all of them still magical. They bring on close friend of the band Gavin Fox for vocals on ‘El Capitan.’

Alas, this song is not completed as the venue is evacuated due to a fire alarm. all credit to Idlewild, though; as soon as the fire brigade have given the all-clear, they’re back on stage, and the magic means that the pace is not spoiled at all and the magic is recaptured (apart from the two ______s who then sat next to Mrs. 17 Seconds and talked throughout the rest of the gig. Guys, that’s what the pub’s for). ‘Roseability’ and ‘A Modern Way Of Letting Go’ remind us just how diverse the singles were in musical styles, not just the albums. They don’t go off for the encore, but stay on, playing ‘Quee Of the Troubled Teens’ (the only time I’ve ever heard them do it), bringing the Twilight Sad back for a gloriously ramshackle version of The ramones’ ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ and finish with ‘The Remote Part.’Even without Edwyn Morgan’s lines, this still gives you a shiver just thinking about it.

So another classic scots indie night out. A band still at the height of their creative powers, with two great acts following in their wake supporting. I was there, were you?

Idlewild -‘No Emotion.’ mp3 (from Make Another World, 2007) (via Yousendit)

Idlewild -‘El Capitan.’ mp3 (from Warnings/Promises, 2005) (Via Yousendit)

Idlewild -‘Satan Polaroid.’ mp3 (from Captain, mini-album, 1998) (Via Yousendit)

Idlewild’s official site is here

* yes, I am aware that there are human voices on Mogwai songs like ‘Dial:Revenge’ and ‘A Cheery Wave To Stranded Youngsters.’ You are very clever. Well done. They are largely instrumental, aren’t they, though? yes??

A sort of promo…

(More idlewild coming this way very soon i promise...)

I am still about to post my review of idlewild in Edinburgh the other night, which was great, but life has been kinda insanely busy here (just for a change).

Anyway, they had two fantastic support acts, so in anticipation of my review, a sampling of them both: The Twilight Sad and Broken Records.

Some excellent mp3s

Twilight Sad

Twilight Sad -‘Walking For Two Hours.’ mp3 (via Yousendit)

Twilight Sad -‘And She Would Darken The Memory.’ mp3 (via Yousendit)

Twilight Sad -‘That Summer At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy.’ mp3 (Via Yousendit)

Broken Records

Broken Records -‘Kathy.’ mp3 (via Yousendit)

Broken Records -‘Out On The Water.’ mp3 (Via Yousendit)

Broken Records -‘The Russian Song.’ mp3 (Via Yousendit)

And…I also interviewed Riley Briggs from Aberfeldy yesterday, who played me half a dozen new songs and told me what the band are up to, so watch this space…

Scots indie!

When I first started this blog, about fifteen months ago, one of my main aims was making scottish indie as high profile as possible.

Arguably since then, I have diversified a little -folk, death metal, grime and even a little classical have made their way onto these pages.

However, my bandwith is about to be exceeded –again! and so I thought I would do a post the old-fashioned way, and about music I am passionate about, with or without regard to fashion.

Some of these you may know, others you won’t. Some are well-known, others less so, some bands are gone, some new, some just beginning. But enjoy…

Arab Strap -‘Love Detective.’ mp3

Belle And Sebastian -‘Funny Little Frog.’ mp3

Isobel Campbell -‘Amorino.’ mp3

Franz Ferdinand -‘Darts Of Pleasure.’ mp3

Delgados -‘American Trilogy.’ mp3

Mogwai -‘Dial:Revenge.’ mp3 (featuring Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals, it’s a celtic thing, you understand!)

Sons and Daughters -‘Johnny Cash.’ mp3

Teenage Fanclub -‘What You Do To me.’ mp3

Twilight Sad -‘That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy.’ mp3

1990s -‘You’re Supposed To Be My Friend.’ mp3


have a good weekend!