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THE TWILIGHT SAD + WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR DATES WITH FRIGHTENED RABBIT!

posted Jul 6, 2009, 7:08 AM by Vu Nguyen
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THE TWILIGHT SAD + WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR DATES WITH FRIGHTENED RABBIT!

 

WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS DEBUT FULL-LENGTH THESE FOUR WALLS DUE JULY 07, 2009!

 

THE TWILIGHT SAD TO RELEASE FORGET THE NIGHT AHEAD ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2009. STREAM THE NEW SINGLE “I WAS A PROSTITUTE ON MYSPACE!

 

In support of their new releases We Were Promised Jetpacks and The Twilight Sad In will be touring North America this fall with FatCat labelmates Frightened Rabbit and Brakesbrakesbrakes. We have long lead press watermarks now on The Twilight Sad's Forget The Night Ahead - please request if you are interested. Very short lead publications can request now but will not get the album until closer to the release.

 

Promos of We Were Promised Jetpacks' These Four Walls are available now. Both bands are up for interviews and we have plenty of press materials at all (photos, guest list spots, etc), so please keep me posted on any plans for coverage.

 

09.13 Morrison, CO @ Monolith Festival *

09.14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *

09.15 Boise, ID @ Neurolux *

09.16 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's *

09.17 Portland, OR @ Musicfest NW @ Dante's *

09.18 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *

09.20 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory *

09.22 Tucson, AZ @ Plush *

09.24 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *

09.26 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree *

09.27 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *

09.28 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder *

09.29 Orlando, FL @ The Social *

 

* All dates with Frightened Rabbit

 

+ Twilight Sad/Brakesbrakesbrakes/We Were Promised Jetpacks East Coast/Midwest shows to be announced shortly.

 

The Twilight Sad's much-anticipated follow-up to 2007's Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters is a dark and tumultuous listen. Produced by guitarist Andy McFarlane with Paul Savage (of Delgados) at Glasgow's famed Chem 19 studios, Forget The Night Ahead retains the guitar-washed drama of their previous effort, with an added complexity both sonic and thematic. 

 

The Kilsyth quartet have been busy previewing the new songs on both sides of the Atlantic with US dates supporting Mogwai and a UK headline tour in May, including Great Escape festival appearances. And this time around the band have an audience, as singer James Graham acknowledged, speaking to Pitchfork last month: "Now people know us, there's a bit more pressure. Before there was no expectations. Now people want to come and see this band they really like, so you think, god, we've got to play really well tonight. Before it was like, fuck it, let's go play.”

 

In lyrical terms, Forget The Night Ahead is a darker set even than its acclaimed predecessor Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, with Graham's portentous knack for unsettling lines – forcefully delivered in his Caledonian burr – remaining very much on point. As Graham told The Skinny earlier this year: “The lyrics are very dark, but you might have to look into them a bit to realize [that]. They are mainly based around things that have happened to me over the past two years, revolving mainly around losing people and being none too proud or happy with myself about my antics and situations I've found myself in.” 

 

Musically, the new record is no less compelling: MacFarlane's distinctive tremelo'd guitar creates seismic shifts between melancholic introspection and explosive release, the cacophony broadening to accommodate the band's most melodic and yet most thrillingly discordant moments to date. 

 

Here the influence of artists like early 80's Cure, Neu!, Wire or even Shellac are just as prominent as longer-standing comparisons to MBV or Joy Division. Forget The Night Ahead also added players and instrumentation, from ex-Aerogramme member Dok (who also contributes guitar and keys to the live line-up), and My Latest Novel's Laura McFarlane (no relation to Andy) who plays violin on “The Room” and “That Birthday Present.” 

 

“The recording was approached differently this time,” says MacFarlane. “Writing on tour is a bad idea, so we stayed in Scotland for the full process. It let us go home after sessions - if we weren't getting snowed-in the studio - and we had more time to experiment and develop the ideas we had.”

 

“We'd make a lot of use of an old, half-working, Roland Space Echo that we'd plug the vocals, noise strings and piano through, that would get an out of tune effect, like some of the early krautrock recordings. All the reverbs are natural, which were done by mic'ing up inside the studio walls and rooms on the other side of the building to get the drum sound. Three bass heads were blown up [in the process]. There are no big, long delayed guitars, just a lot more noisy ones and there were a few songs that maxed out the desk because of the amount that's on there.”

 

Concludes MacFarlane, “It is a step forward from the first record, the songwriting and the sound of the band has moved on from that time, which is something we'll always try and do – we don't want to ever stand still and make records that sound like each other.”

 

“Nothing short of mesmerizing” - Dom Gourlay - Drowned in Sound - May 2009

 

The new single “I Became A Prostitute” is streaming now on The Twilight Sad's MySpace page:

 

http://www.myspace.com/thetwilightsad

 

Check out a special performance of “Made To Disappear” from Forget The Night Ahead:

 

http://www.muzu.tv/thefly/twilight-sad-twilight-sad-made-to-disappear-flytv-in-the-courtyard-music-video/209957/hq

 

We Were Promised Jetpacks Debut Full-Length These Four Walls Due July 07, 2009 On FatCat

 

Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, We Were Promised Jetpacks tasted success early when they won their high school's battle of the bands competition. The four-piece came to FatCat's attention when listening to some of the friends on the Frightened Rabbit's (now labelmates) MySpace page. We Were Promised Jetpacks had already gotten attention and airplay from KEXP, XFM, and the BBC - before any official release - on the strength of a widely-circulated three-song demo.

 

Like fellow Scotsmen Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks bring emotional intensity to the forefront in their immensely appearling rock anthems. Adding nimble, driving rhythms and bristling tension into the mix, they unfold their songs into effortless-seeming choruses imbued with romanticism and pop sensibility.

 

We Were Promised Jetpacks were the main support for Frightened Rabbit's September 2008 European tour where crowds arrived early on each evening due to the band's huge buzz. We Were Promised Jetpacks have already been covered prominently in publications overseas such as NME, featured as Q's Track Of The Day and been played on Zane Lowe to great acclaim. With These Four Walls is due in July on FatCat and an extensive fall tour planned, 2009 is sure to be busy and rewarding year for We Were Promised Jetpacks.

 

http://www.myspace.com/wewerepromisedjetpacks

 

“Their crisp, flighty choruses and sure-footed narratives are bolder and more purposeful than ever before.” - Drowned In Sound

 

“The band's debut These Four Walls showcases all the things you want to hear from a Scottish rock band - tender lyrics hidden beneath a self-deprecating sense of humour, unpretentious instrumentation and, of course, that delightful accent.” - Sup

 

“Blistering post-punk anthems of the highest pedigree: powerful and tuneful in just the right measures.” - Q Magazine

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