Scottish band the Twilight Sad is, in a word, intense. They’re incredibly loud, their lyrics evoke dark, psychologically damaging scenarios, and lead singer James Graham’s brogue is so thick his words are often indeterminable. That said, they have a surprisingly slow, suspended sound for a band that impresses as quickly and permanently as they do. Individual songs are less distinctive than their combined effect; rather, everything they produce feels the same. The components of the music — slapping drums, distorted, extended chords, vocals that drag with occasional bursts of anger — don’t impact as deeply as the music itself. It’s a soaring, sweeping, and haunting noise.
The Twilight Sad play the Hi-Tone Café tonight with MONO. The show starts at 10 p.m. Doors at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Here's a glimpse of what the band's like in concert: