It's been two years since the Twilight Sad released 'Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters', their first album of churning Scottish melancholia. Since that album, the band's released an EP and an odds-and-ends collection and played about a million shows, including a recent North American jaunt opening for Mogwai. This September, Fat Cat will finally release the band's sophomore effort, 'Forget the Night Ahead'. James talks to soundfreak about the new album, recent tours and new single, 'I Became a Prostitute' (due out on 3rd August).
Q: Your new album, ‘Forget the Night Ahead’ is due for release in September of this year. I’ve only heard the brilliantly brooding ‘Reflection of the Television’ so far. Can you give us an idea of what we can expect?
A: It's definitely a dark record, you can expect loud, noisy, miserable, scottish songs.
Q: How does this album compare to your stunning debut ‘Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters’?
A: Again, I feel it's darker than "FAFW". There was a warmth amongst all the noise in that record, with "Forget the Night Ahead" there does feel to be a bit more of a sinister edge with some sort of innocence trying to fight through in the songs due to the subject matter. I also feel it's noisier but with a lot more melody. The songs on the first album were the first proper songs we had ever written together, so we were always going to progress from that. We've developed as songwriters since the first record and we definitely tried to make it feel like a complete record instead of a bunch of songs just thrown together.
Q: What is your favourite track on the album and why?
A: To be honest it changes all the time, which I suppose is a good thing. I enjoy playing "Made to Dissapear" a lot and "Interrupted" is definitely up there as well. I still really enjoy playing "I Became a Prostitute" cause it's the first song that a lot of people have heard from the new record. Then there's "Reflection of the Television" which is cool to play aswell. FUCK IT, they're all my favourite!
Q: What inspires you to write?
A: Old stories from home, things that have happened to me and my family/friends, films, other music, drinking! My lack of patience/understanding/trust with most other people.
Q: Who are your influences?
A: My family/friends and people I dont like. Andy and I were talking about this the other day and we like a lot of old and new music but there isn't one person or band that we feel we can say that has had the biggest influence or effect on us, apart from Guns and Roses.
All the best with the new single and album. Can't wait to hear it! New single, 'I Became a Prostitute' is out next Monday, folks. Buy it!