Late last year, Scotland’s The Twilight Sad released their acclaimed fourth album, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, to a wave of critical adulation that made it the band’s most acclaimed record to date. On Monday 15 June, they are set to return with a new single from the album, the mesmerising ‘It Never Was the Same’, bolstered by the inclusion of a Robert Smith (The Cure) cover of NWTBHANWTL highlight – and early single – ‘There’s a Girl in the Corner’ as its AA-side, via FatCat Records.
Today, both the band and Robert are proud to unveil Robert’s take on the track in its full majesty. You can hear it BELOW. Speaking to The Guardian, Andy MacFarlane, the band’s guitarist, has described how the collaboration came about after receiving an email from Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite: “For as far back as I can remember we have all been huge fans of The Cure, so reading that was obviously very mind blowing. Although I was always slightly sceptical, thinking it was maybe Barry Burns from Mogwai, trying to pull some elaborate joke on us.”
The band had hoped Smith might be able to contribute to an album of remixes drawn from their third album, No One Can Ever Know, but alas owing to other commitments it wasn’t to be. As MacFarlane explains though, it wasn’t the end of their relationship with Smith: “After we recorded Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave I sent it to Robert to have a listen, and he said it was ‘BEAUTIFUL’. We wanted to do something special for the ‘It Never Was the Same’ single, as it was going to be the last release from the album. I knew it was a pretty far fetched idea but thought I might as well chance my arm and ask Robert if he’d be up for covering one of our songs to feature as a double A-side. I couldn’t believe it when he replied saying he’d like to cover ‘There’s a Girl in the Corner’.
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“He sent it over when we were playing San Francisco in March, and we listened to it over and over in the van, driving out after the gig. Hearing someone that we’ve all looked up to for so long sing and play one of our songs is definitely one of the most surreal moments that we’ve ever had.”
It’s a perfect way to cap off what’s been a whirlwind period for the band, and a highlight of just how far they’ve come since debut album Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters first captured international attention in 2007.
In the months since its release, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave has drawn rave reviews from publications including the Sunday Times, the Quietus and Q, alongside topping Drowned in Sound’s best albums of 2014 and earning a rare perfect 10 from the site, finishing second in The Skinny’s list, third in Popmatters’ indie rock albums of the year, and topping Any Decent Music’s Scottish albums of the year; while The Twilight Sad have continued touring extensively across both the United States and Europe, including a string of very well-received performances at this year’s SXSW reiterating the band’s ongoing relevance on either side of the Atlantic. Keep an eye out for the band at UK festivals this summer including 2000Trees, T in the Park and Latitude.