The Twilight Sad It Won/t Be Like This All The Time Rock Action
“It’s the next stage of who we’re meant to be,” James Graham, The Twilight Sad’s lead singer, has said of It Won/t Be Like This All the Time. Having traversed continents touring with The Cure (they’re Robert Smith’s “favourite band”), said goodbye to drummer Mark Devine and signed to Mogwai’s Rock Action Records, it feels like a new chapter for the band.
Yet the fabric of their sonic DNA remains the same. Their songs have always been therapy sessions, a soundscape where it always feels like it’s raining, but this time there’s a big-heartedness to the darkness. The album begins in exhilarating style with the turbulent, urgent electronics of [10 Good Reasons for Modern Drugs], as Graham pleads “Why can’t you remember me?” With song titles their label bosses would be proud of (Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting) and Sunday Day13, it’s as gloriously miserable as it sounds.
Robert Smith advised the band on the creation of the album, listening to their demos and providing feedback. And as last song and first single Videograms flickers that influence comes to life – it’s a brilliant, shimmering Cure-esque pop song that stops the rain for a minute to make way for a bright sunset. A fitting ending indeed.