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“If the world was a better place they would be playing to more people, and I think they can”
– Robert Smith, The Cure
While they’ve always been a band to keep critical ears tuned in, Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave has seen the band reach new heights of acclaim, earning 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 ten from the site alongside being covered by the legendary Robert Smith of The Cure. Smith personally invited the band out to support The Cure throughout N America, UK & Europe throughout 2016.
Distinguished by James Graham's heavy Scottish accent, an accordion, and oodles of noise, the Twilight Sad rose from Glasgow, Scotland, in late 2003 with the lineup of Graham(vocals), Andy MacFarlane (guitar, accordion), Craig Orzel(bass), and Mark Devine (drums). After playing a couple of shows in Glasgow that featured extensive pieces of music using an abundance of instruments, they holed up in the studio to write new material.
In September 2005, with four new songs in hand, they sent a demo to Fat Cat. The label ended up putting them on the bill of a showcase with the Mutts, Charlottefield, the Rank Deluxe, and Frightened Rabbit. The Twilight Sad's debut EP was issued in the U.S. in November 2006; the full-length Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters arrived the following April. The 2008 EP Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did featured reworkings of several of the album's songs with simpler, more acoustic arrangements, plus a cover of Daniel Johnston's "Some Things Last a Long Time." Killed My Parents and Hit the Road, which featured more covers, including songs by the Smiths and Joy Divisionamong its previously unreleased tracks, also arrived that year.