THE TWILIGHT SAD share video for ‘I/M NOT HERE [missing face]’ – Watch Now

THE TWILIGHT SAD share video for 'I/M NOT HERE [missing face]' - Watch Now

Following the release of their new single ‘I/m Not here [missing face]’ via their new home of Rock Action Records, today Glasgow’s The Twilight Sad share the song’s accompanying visuals directed by the band’s Brendan Jay Smith and edited by Michael Sherrington. The clip, comprised of VHS camcorder footage, runs a fine line between wistful, homespun melancholia and a more intense, at times sinister, sense of reflection – gradually becoming more warped as if to mirror the way our memory can become self-manipulated and refracted with time and distance.

Speaking of the video, Smith says, “When Andy and I came across the footage, we both immediately felt that it was the right fit for ‘I/m Not Here [hidden face]’. I was really interested in the idea that our memories are often confused and influenced by what we recall from old camcorder footage. Sometimes it’s difficult to work out how you feel about an experience and other times it’s etched in a recurring visual that degrades over time.”

‘I/m Not Here [missing face]’ marks a driving, motorik return from the much-loved Scots, with wailing guitars and swirling synths circling around frontman James Graham’s repeated declarations of “I don’t want to be around you anymore.” Graham describes the track’s lyrical basis as being “about my ongoing battle with not liking myself, trying to be a good person but constantly feeling like I’m failing myself and everyone I care about.”

Check out the video for ‘I/M NOT HERE [missing face]’ – BELOW:

Exploring its inception, the band’s Andy MacFarlane jovially adds, “I was attempting to play ‘Ogives’ by Erik Satie, but I’m really shit at the piano so it didn’t happen, but I came up with the music using those chord shapes. So from my perspective, it’s a bad cover version of that piece of music.” The band’s autumn shows are on sale now and will see them bringing their cathartic, intense live show all over the USA and Canada before a return to this side of the pond that culminates with intimate London and Edinburgh dates in late November.

Off the back of their extensive touring with The Cure, it’s a fairly quickfire return to the stage for The Twilight Sad, however, they’ve never been the kind of band to do things by half measures. Speaking of the upcoming shows, MacFarlane says, “I’m really excited to start playing again. I’ve got the drive and I want us to get back out there and do it from a new perspective. We all enjoy playing, we need to rehearse these songs with a new drummer… but it’s all such uncharted territory, l think that’s why it’s exciting to me. I can’t tell exactly what’s going to happen. I like that chaotic side of it.”

The band’s recent signing to Rock Action – a home for so much rich, deserving music, particularly in the band’s native Scotland – feels like something of a homecoming for The Twilight Sad. Speaking of the union, Graham says, “To be able to say that we’re on that record label, to try and give something back for all the good faith they’ve had in us over the years. Mogwai took us on tour early on, introduced us to Robert [Smith]. They’ve been a through line for us and I’m excited to be a part of that label.”

Keep your eyes peeled for further news from The Twilight Sad in the coming months and see below for a full touring itinerary.

Tour Dates:

Oct 9th | Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Oct 10th | San Diego, CA – Casbah
Oct 12th | Tustin, CA – Marty’s On Newport
Oct 14th | San Francisco, CA – Independent
Oct 17th | Portland, OR – Doug Fir
Oct 19th | Seattle, WA – Crocodile
Oct 20th | Vancouver, BC – Fox
Oct 25th | St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Oct 26th | Chicago, IL – Theater on the Lake
Oct 27th | Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
Oct 28th | Montreal, QC – Ritz
Oct 30th | Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
Oct 31st | Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge
Nov 1st | Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
Nov 2nd | Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Nov 3rd | Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
Nov 10th | Paris, FR – Point FMR
Nov 11th | Wiesbaden, DE – Sclachthof
Nov 12th | Munich, DE – Ampere
Nov 13th | Vienna, AT – Chelsea
Nov 15th | Berlin, DE – Musik & Frieden
Nov 16th | Hamburg, DE – Molotow
Nov 17th | Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Nov 18th | Brussels, BE – Botanique
Nov 27th | London, UK – Bush Hall
Nov 29th | Edinburgh, UK – Liquid Rooms

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