The Twilight Sad - Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Sat 23 Feb 2013
Pounding, pensive, semi-'stripped back' show from the Kilsyth trio
The Twilight Sad’s James Graham is relieved that no one took their ‘stripped-back’ tagline too literally. He’s early to praise the full, fan dominant crowd for showing up on such an ambiguous premise, one of a couple of warm up dates in advance of the Kilsyth trio’s next tour.
Unlike the powerful, accomplished support from We Were Promised Jetpacks frontman Adam Thompson it’s not an acoustic foray - rather the threesome are minus the additional live support which has become a trademark of their larger shows. Graham’s vociferous Scottish tones prove no less attention grabbing, grim and graphic lyrics front throbbing guitar and eerie synths to form their entrancing and unique sound.
Newer material includes the bare and basic chords of ‘Sick’ and moody, processed electronics of depressive ‘Alphabet’, which reaps a mighty applause. Throughout Graham is forcible, hypnotic and genuine, shifting around the mic and pitching his voice at astronomical levels. Older tracks prove standout: the poignant ‘I Became a Prostitute’ is a beauty, while ‘Wrong Car’ and their ‘eighties power hit’ ‘Walking For Two Hours’ are annotated with affectionate back stories. With the proclamation that the crowd have ‘helped our band more than you know’, the band's ‘party piece’ - the ever-stunning ‘Cold Days from the Birdhouse’ - makes for a pounding and pensive close.