Oct 30
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The Twilight Sad release new single

Capping off a remarkable year for the band and with a fresh batch of UK and European dates about to kick off, The Twilight Sad return with a duo of new songs. 'Rats' and 'Public Housing' - both available to stream right now with a AA-side 7" single coming in December (limited to 1000 individually stencilled copies) - mark the band's first new material since the release of their much loved fifth album, IT WON'T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME, on Rock Action in January of this year.

"'Rats' was in the first of demos - along with 'Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting' and 'The Arbor' - that paved the way for developing the sound and direction we wanted to take the album in," explains the band's Andy MacFarlane. "We were trying to capture more of the chaotic live sound of the band and condense it into three minutes." It's something the band achieve flawlessly: these are two tumultuous, towering songs that will easily find a place in the heart of anyone who's witnessed their peerless live show.

Listen to 'Rats' here

"As the recording process [for IWBLTATT] progressed, we could tell that these two songs were a little different from the rest of the album," recalls frontman James Graham. "To me they felt heavier and lyrically they came from a place of complete despair. They started to stand out on their own separately from the album. They were songs we really liked and they weren’t just off cuts from the album either - we wanted them to stand on their own. So we felt like a 7” double A side single was the release the songs deserved. The two songs feel linked to me, one has no hope and the other is reaching out looking for some good in people/myself/the world."

Listen to 'Public Housing' here

Delving into the lyrical process behind the songs, Graham continues: "'Rats' doesn’t have much hope; it’s from a dark place. It was written on a dark day for me personally. I think that’s quite obvious with lines like “all you love is dead.”  It's also a reaction about a mindset I think is very dangerous in our society: the attitude of “just get on with it” and that talking about your feelings or insecurities can be seen as a weakness. I think it’s a major problem taking that approach towards young men especially - the term “man up” being a horrible example. The line “don’t take it to heart” represents this. Knowing that attitude exists all around you when you are struggling makes you feel very alone. These songs are bleak but writing them helped get me out of a bad place in my head."

While The Twilight Sad's music has frequently offered a sense of catharsis and escapism for Graham over the band's 16-year tenure, it's testament to its power and universality that they find themselves reaching a bigger audience than ever before in 2019: a year they've made unmistakably their own.

Listen to 'Rats'/'Public Housing' on Apple Music here

Listen to 'Rats'/'Public Housing' on Spotify here

'Rats'/'Public Housing' is available digitally now and from December on AA-side 7" vinyl (pre order details on the way soon)