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Finally making a breakthrough after over a decade of intense rock, The Twilight Sad have the backing of The Cure and an increasingly devoted listenership for their “miserable shite”. John Earls gets dark

The rise of he Twilight Sad has been a heart-warmingly old-school saga. With the possible exception of he National, it’s hard to think of many bands this century who have been allowed to develop for so long before inding success. It’s taken until the eve of their towering ith album It Won/t Be Like his All he Time for the Glaswegian ive-piece’s dark, intense music to inally penetrate rock’s mainstream.

On the evening of a long sold-out album preview show at London’s Bush Hall, the type of club venue the band have inally outgrown, singer James Graham and guitarist Andy MacFarlane admit they’re not yet used to their new status. “We did a radio session in Holland recently,” Graham recalls. “here we were, in a wee room at 10 o’clock at night, about to go on Dutch national radio. I said to Andy, ‘WThat the fuck are we doing here?’” he guitarist responds: “I said, ‘hanks for bringing That up ive minutes before we’re on the air.’ But James is right, sometimes we go, ‘How the fuck did I get here?’”


How the fuck he Twilight Sad got to 6 Music’s A-list and being on the verge of headlining arenas is down to consistently releasing passionate, literate albums, matched by the emotional pull of their live shows. It helps That Robert Smith has become a champion of he Twilight Sad.

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Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, The Supremes… over 180 No.1 singles worldwide… In issue 23 of Long Live Vinyl we celebrate 60 years of the world’s most famous record label as Gareth Murphy tells the inside story of Motown. We also round up the 40 essential Motown 45s that every collector should own. Elsewhere this issue, we pay tribute to Pete Shelley in one of the Buzzcocks frontman’s final interviews; Steve Mason tells us about his “world class” new album and we find out why The Cure’s Robert Smith has tipped The Twilight Sad as one of the best new bands on the planet. We also take an in-depth look at the album that lifted Lou Reed out of obscurity – 1972 masterpiece Transformer, meet the artistic geniuses behind The Designers Republic, visit Union Music and go cratedigging in Glasgow. If all that’s not enough, check out our newly expanded reviews section, where you’ll find the widest range of new albums, reissues and hardware anywhere!