He Said, She Said: A Two-City Concert Review of the Twilight Sad

Posted on: May 16th, 2019 at 5:11 am by

Hot off the release of their fifth album It Won/t be Like this All the Time earlier this year, Scottish outfit The Twilight Sad have been hitting the stateside tour schedule pretty hard. Maybe a little too hard – their Boston show at Sonia was nixed due to a strain on James Graham’s vocals. We can, however, vouch for the New York performance. As far as missing the other show? Well, we plan on taking their album name at face value. Read on for the next “He Said, She Said.”

Show Location

Elie: Elsewhere, in the post-hipster hinterlands of Bushwick.

Holly: Show was supposed to be at Sonia in Cambridge, but ended up being in my living room.

Beverages Consumed

Elie: One tall-boy of Pacifico. 24 ounces, and guaranteed bathroom visits.

Holly: Three glasses of red wine, with the promise of a Wednesday morning hangover.

Opener

Elie: Kathryn Joseph. Figured cab was the way to go with the L all fucked up. Still traffic and missed the set altogether. Heard it was good, though.

Holly: I was just about to leave for the show, when I saw The Twilight Sad’s post on Instagram, saying they had to cancel their show due to James’ voice needing a rest – doctor’s orders.

Expectations

Elie: I wasn’t as well-versed as Holly, but knew a few songs and was excited. They delivered.

Holly: My expectations were high. I had seen them for the first time a few months ago at The Middle East Downstairs, and they blew my little Scottish-rock loving heart away. Such a bummer they had to cancel, but I get it.

Favorite Part of the Set

Elie: Seeing leadman James Graham completely exorcise his demons onstage (including the eyes rolling back into his head). Was cathartic to experience, so it’s no wonder they’ve garnered such a following.

No cell signal had most fans bopping to the music rather than texting friends about the next pit stop after the show.

Holly: Elie’s not wrong. Watching James Graham and Co. perform is like walking into some kind of supernatural musical experience. It’s pretty intense, especially in a small venue. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know any of the songs, either – Graham’s stage presence is mesmerizing. They’re really great at making their songs build.

Gripes

Elie: Set was limited to one hour.

Holly: This is the second time in a year that I’ve missed their Frightened Rabbit cover. The first time I saw them, I had to leave the show early due to circumstances beyond my control. And now this. Cut it out already, universe!

Best Song Performed

Elie: Most memorable – “I/m Not Here” and the cover of Frightened Rabbit’s “Keep Yourself Warm,” a tribute to the late Scott Hutchison who committed suicide one year ago.

Holly: I’d have to agree with Elie, I bet those two songs were awesome, especially given the chorus repetition of the first one.

Something You Saw That the Rest of the Crowd Didn’t

Elie: The guy I was standing next to wore the exact same shirt as me. Some could have said he was my doppelgänger.

Holly: The punk rock documentary Dennis and Lois – I decided to rewatch it when the show was cancelled. Every music fan should watch it. It’s incredible.

Would You See Them Again?

Elie: Yessir

Holly: Definitely.

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