The Twilight Sad at Workplay Theater

The Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacks rolled through Birmingham, Alabama on the tail end of their American Fall tour last Saturday night. Workplay Theater hosted the event, and proved to be the perfect size venue for both bands. With a capacity just shy of 300, there really isn't a bad vantage point in the place which leads to an intimate show, something both bands thrived at even with their ability to create lots of noise. This was my second event at Workplay, and won't be my last, nor will it be the last time I see The Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Both bands are relatively new discoveries for me, never really dipping deep into their catalogues until a few months back. That said, I was anxious to see both bands perform songs I'd grown to love in a short amount of time. Both bands appeal to me because of their Scottish brogues, they don't try to sing it away, and it makes me long for another journey to Scotland. While I find fault with my area of the United States, I found the same sort of fierce nonconformist attitude thriving in Scotland as it does in the deep South. All part of the struggle for independence and identity in today's world.

On the day of the show, the boss decided to run an ultra marathon, yes a 50k, choosing to recover in the comfort of the hotel room instead of attending the show. That was fine with me, flying solo allowed me to mingle with the bands after the show, have a drink or two and not be in a hurry. With a photo pass in my hand, I documented the night from the edge of the stage.

Then, after the show, I spoke with James for far too long, walking away with a t-shirt and a signed copy of 'Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave'. James even tracked down Andy and Mark to make sure everyone in the band signed the album which I thought was a super nice touch. If the performance didn't make me a bigger fan, which it did, the friendly chat afterwards certainly did.

As I finish tapping out this missive, I'm listening to their latest, as I always do when I write, hoping what I write along with the photos I share can be the gentle nudge someone needs to open the book that is The Twilight Sad. Stream their dark and brooding masterpiece 'Last January' while checking out my photos from their performance below.

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Setlist

James Graham

Brendan Smith

Johnny Docherty

Andy McFarlane

Mark Devine

Now, I must move on to the mountain of We Were Promised Jetpacks photos I snapped. Not nearly as many as I took of The Twilight Sad, but enough to know what I am doing for the remainder of the night. 

Remaining Tour Dates:

18 Nov 14  CAT'S CRADLE

Carrboro, NC

19 Nov 14  WASHINGTON DC 930 CLUB

Washington, DC 

20 Nov 14  PARADISE ROCK CLUB

Boston, MA, United States

21 Nov 14  UNION TRANSFER

Philadelphia, PA, United States

22 Nov 14  WEBSTER HALL

New York, NY, United States

23 Nov 14  THE EMPTY BOTTLE

performing Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters in Full

Chicago, IL

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