Sunday, April 26, 2015

More on Robert's Twilight Sad cover

From Daily Record (Thanks Perfect.Murder):

Twilight Sad reveal the legend in their new single as they collaborate with The Cure's Robert Smith

06:00, 26 April 2015
By John Dingwall

TWILIGHT Sad singer James Graham reveals how a chance conversation led to The Cure superstar doing a cover of their song There's A Girl In The Corner. Listen to it here.

THE Twilight Sad have revealed their delight after rock legend Robert Smith of The Cure teamed up with them for his latest single.

Legendary frontman Robert is a huge fan of the Scots indie group and revealed to Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite he had been impressed by them when the two rocks bands toured together.

After Stuart told them about the admission, The Twilight Sad sent Robert a personalised copy of their most recent album – the critically acclaimed Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave – and a correspondence ensued.

That led to the incredible collaboration and stunning version of the song There’s A Girl In The Corner.

The Twilight Sad frontman James Graham, who is also the quintet’s main songwriter, said: “Mogwai had toured with The Cure and later Stuart from Mogwai emailed Robert.

“He told him to check out this band The Twilight Sad and that he might like them. Robert got back to him, saying, ‘I’ve already got all their albums. I’m a massive fan’.

“Stuart told us about it and we were all astonished he had even heard of us. He’s a global icon.

“We got Robert’s contact details and sent him some records, including the new album – before it was released.

“That he was a fan was amazing to us because The Cure are one of the reasons we started the band.

“He got back to us to say he loved it and we were all over the moon.”

 The Twilight Sad’s guitarist Andy MacFarlane decided to go a step further by asking Robert to guest on one of their songs and the band admit they were gobsmacked when he agreed.

James said: “We were thinking what to do about our new single and Andy chanced his arm by contacting Robert to ask if he would be interested in doing one of our songs.

“The band had just finished an acoustic set at Mono in Glasgow and were driving back when Andy showed us an email from Robert saying he would like to cover a song.

“We’d asked him to cover the single It Never Was The Same but he asked if he could do There’s A Girl In My Corner. We said he could do whatever he wanted.

“We were in a state of disbelief the whole time because we never thought it was possible that it could happen.”

If The Twilight Sad – who recently performed an exclusive Live At Dingwall’s at-home session – thought
the collaboration might fall through, they needn’t have as Robert kept to his world.

James said: “Andy and Robert kept emailing back and forth. The email of the song came through when we were in San Francisco. We sat in our van and listened to him singing our song. Hearing Robert sing the words I wrote in my bedroom is something I’ll never forget. I can’t believe it has happened.

“I’ve been listening to it every day – it is an amazing feeling to hear him sing our song.”

 The track, which you can hear online, is a limited edition double A-sided single and will be released as a digital download on June 15.
James said: “We’re all really excited and I can’t wait for people to hear it. I don’t know what we expected but he has gone far above what I ever thought it would sound like. We all love it.

“We’re hoping to meet him soon to thank him in person because doing this for the band is the biggest thing that has happened to us.

“He is a massive influence on what we do and to have his seal of approval is mindblowing.”

James believes The Cure’s global fan base could now discover The Twilight Sad as a result of the connection.

The Twilight Sad’s 2007 debut album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, brought the band initial acclaim, with critics taking note of James’s thick Scottish accent.

A series of stripped-down live shows led to the 2008 mini-album – Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did – before their second album, Forget the Night Ahead, in 2009.

The Twilight Sad’s third album, No One Can Ever Know, was released in 2012. Their fourth, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, was hailed by critics last year and was this week named on the longlist for the Scottish Album of the Year awards.

But James reckons working with The Cure legend could be their best move yet.

He said: “Who knows what it is going to do for the band. Having our name attached to Robert Smith and The Cure
is going to open our music up to so many people that have never heard us before.”

He admits it was difficult to keep the collaboration under wraps.

“We have been sitting on it for a month now,” James added. “Trying to keep it a secret has been so hard. I’ve wanted to scream it from the rooftops and tell everybody. Not to boast about it but just to say it had happened. The Cure are one of the biggest bands of all time and have influenced so many bands over the years. I don’t think it has sunk in yet that it has actually happened.

“It is an honour to have him do it. The best thing about it was when we asked him to do It Never Was The Same.

“When he said he wanted to cover another of our songs that was the best answer we could have hoped for.”

Although The Twilight Sad are in the middle of a European tour on the back of dates in the US, Scots will have to wait until T in the Park to next catch them live.

James said: “We are working on some special Scottish gigs at the end of the year. Nothing is confirmed or booked but we will go for our biggest Glasgow gig yet.

“We are doing T in the Park and the gigs will be announced after we perform at T. This is our fourth time. I’m excited because of the new location.”

He added: “We played it last year. The record wasn’t out at that point
but now that it is and people know the songs, it’s exciting to be going back there. I’m excited to see what the new site is like. T in the Park is special and an institution for Scottish bands.

“When we started out, I never thought we would even get to do T in the Park once. To be playing for a fourth time is nice.

“I remember the first time was on the T Break Stage. We didn’t know what to expect or how many people would turn up but the tent was full. We went around as a band to enjoy the festival after that.

“When we were younger, we used to go to T in the Park, camp and see all our favourite bands.

“I’d like to say I remember all of it but there was drink involved.

“We went on to play the BBC Introducing tent and what I remember most is the crowd. They are always phenomenal – rain or shine. They are there to have a good time.

“Even though we’re not a party band, people really go for it when they come to see us.”


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  4. I wish Robert would stop using those hideous prerecorder drums that sound like a clap. He has oversused them in many of his newer songs, collaborations and covers.

    I like the twilight sad version better than his cover because of those lame R&B drum machine sounds.

  5. Wow, those guys must be beyond stoked. That's a really cool story. Wish them the best.

  6. Saw them at The Cluny, Newcastle last weekend - 10:15 and Push on PA before their show and a reference towards the set on how amazing the cover is and how they'd have to play another 2 hours to match a cure show.