- James Graham (vocals)
- Andy MacFarlane (guitar)
- Craig Orzel (bass)
- Mark Devine (drums)
The Twilight Sad is an indie rock band from Kilsyth, Scotland, comprising James Graham (vocals), Andy MacFarlane (guitar), Craig Orzel (bass) and Mark Devine (drums). The band have released two full-length albums. Their 2007 debut, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, drew widespread critical acclaim, while their second album, Forget the Night Ahead, was released in 2009.
The foundation for the group started when vocalist James Graham met guitarist Andy MacFarlane in high school and went on to form a cover band with some friends, which included drummer Mark Devine. After graduating school, they decided to take it more seriously. In late 2003, MacFarlane met bassist Craig Orzel in a bus stop and invited him to join the newly formed band.
They performed two highly experimental shows at The 13th Note in Glasgow, that revolved around 30-minutes noise jams with guitars, bass, drums, theremin, tape loops from films and old folk and country songs, effects pedals, toy keyboards, thumb pianos and computer games. Afterwards, they decided to take a more traditional approach, which led them to write their first song: "That Summer, at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy"
In September 2005, they produced a 4-song demo with a 24-track desk, trying to get the best representation as possible, sent it over to Brighton-based Fat Cat Records. Alex Knight, co-founder of the label, went to Glasgow to watch the band perform their third gig and signed them on the spot.
The band credit Planet Sound for giving them their first review, when a demo of their song "That Summer, at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy" received a 9/10 rating from the magazine in 2005. Singer, James Graham, remarked "That was the first review we ever had... we were thrilled. It gave us a lot of confidence we were on the right path." They later assembled those early demos in the form of The Twilight Sad (EP), an US-only EP released in 2006, then proceeded to play the fourth gig of their career at New York's CMJ Music Marathon. During this time the band also toured with Micah P. Hinson and participated in 2007's SXSW before their debut was released.
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