IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME – The Twilight Sad album review ★★★★

The twilight sad are a band which crawls breathlessly forward, singing about so much pain and hardship but still providing hope to all who listen in a promise of ‘IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME
Their newest studio album feels like a sudden sucker punch in retaliation from someone whos had enough of being pushed around. The sound of the album still carries that recognisable lonely, spacey guitar sound filled with  fuzz and squealing pedal effects which the band are known for but welcomes in a new sense of strength to its angst. Many of the songs on the album feature powerful almost operatic synth which gives everything a higher sense of importance, especially to the very personal and brooding words that frontman James Graham cries out. Songs such as ‘Keep it all to myself’ and ‘the arbor’ exemplify this pounding choir of synths.The album departs at times from a more guitar driven past with 2014’s ‘fourteen autumns and fifteen winters’ and ‘nobody wants to be here & nobody wants to leave’ to a highly synth driven soundscape being built up with the addition of those staple fuzzy guitars, with some still containing that heavy guitar sound such as ‘VTr’ and ‘Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting’.
The album feels like an unexpected but undoubtedly correct way for the band to evolve, perfectly incorporating something new and unknown while still keeping it as close to their original sound as possible.The balance of this doesn’t even sway, it divides perfectly.
IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME’ pulls you in seductively and keeps you there.
The album sounds as true and honest as ever with James Graham’s unedited Lanarkshire accent, lulling you into the echoey space the songs create.
This is a band that have clearly gone through a lot and instead of letting that overcome them, they’ve taken it all on and become stronger for it.


Star Rating – ★★★★☆

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Here Come The Brides

Wives haven’t released any music, or even performed live, yet they’re the band people can’t stop talking about. In a time when all eyes are on the Glasgow music scene, with multiple Scottish bands joining the SXSW line up or embarking on UK tour’s, Wives bring something new to the scene with an unusual line up and a different sound. I spoke to the founding members Anna Reeves and Joshua Cakir for their first interview to find out more about the band.

What is Wives?

AR – me and Josh met about a year ago, weboth knew we were into music and I knew he was in a band (Edinburgh based band ‘Nasari’) and I study music now. I moved to Edinburgh and I started to hang out with Eilidh (guitarist in Wives) and decided we wanted to start a kind of riot girl band like a kind of band that had feminist themes, so then Josh and Cal (bass) who I’d met after a gig made a group chat and added Eilidh and Tom (drummer).

What is the inspiration behind wives? 55ace09370dbbb7238efd4078e0b4d6ebde09a331590df290c4b0ac16b0b3ea7

JC – Well, it’s 80s/90s inspired, we draw inspiration from a lot of other bands because all 5 of us are into all different types of music, some of it is similar, but we all have really different tastes.

AC- Lots of kinds of punk and post punk, and some new wave sounds too.

JC – Even some Sludgy, gothy, experimental stuff.

What bands/artists would you say have inspired your music?

AR – We want to make a mix of lots of different sounds, like the Pixies and maybe Slaves too.

JC – Placebo as well, that’s been brought up a lot and I’d say Radiohead too actually.

AR – We’re like a sexy Radiohead!

Why do you think a band like wives is so important at the moment?

JC – Cause there’s a very limited amount of strong female fronted bands out there at the moment.

AR – It’s a band with 5 different people from 5 completely different musical and artistic backgrounds and politics and feminism is really important to all of us. And also, in terms of the amount of music and subculture that’s happening in Glasgow and Edinburgh? Its another product of that.

JC – And I think in amongst the punk scene, all eyes are on Glasgow just now. I think Wives has come at the right time, cause you have a lot of bands and band styles like genres coming back and drawing influence from the 90’s. You’ve got lots of new bands like Hinds etc drawing influence from Bikini kill but making it more modern so it has more of a flare to it you could say.

AR- I think its going to take some working out and development but that’s what we’re most excited about.

b0e438f8e521c92bf297a3ed0d9fbc3ac1a071e54ba3fde97a5cabcffa8ee261JC – There’s a lot of musical talent in the band and what I think is good is that we’re not actually rushing a set, we’ll spend a long time on a song to get it right. The weird thing is we all have really different tastes but when we all come together, they all sound like the belong in the same set.

 What’s your plans for the future, in the next year or so?

AR – Lots more recording and writing. I think we’d like to do some videos too. We’re all really into visual arts, particularly Cal who’s just applied for art school.

JC – We’re looking to gig as much as possible as well, gigging is so important. We’ve only been on Instagram for 2 weeks and we’ve already had people asking us about playing with them. We’re planning to go into the studio in the next 2 or 3 months and get something out as soon as we can. We’re planning to not take it easy and just get right into it with the momentum we’ve already got.

AR – We’re taking our time in terms of being creative and having things how we want but we’re excited about it happening

When’s your first gig?

JC – 14th of March at Sneaky Pete’s (Edinburgh). And then 3 days later we’re doing the Queens of Noise conference with lots of good bands.

Catch Wives at their first live shows of 2019 and keep your eyes peeled for more announcements on their Instagram (@wivestheband) and their facebook (@Wives) .

Photos by Rosie Sco