The Twilight Sad ‘Killed My Parents And Hit The Road’ LP
With the majority of tracks mixed and mastered by Iain Cook of Aerogramme, ‘Killed My Parents And Hit The Road’ encompasses the bands’ bare, unfeigned use of melancholy with rousing, epic intensity, never straying too far from hitting sentimental nerves. Throughout the record, melodies stagger between feedback-laden instrumentals and rich, seemingly effortless acoustic ballads, each accented by Graham’s strong Scottish tones, creating a collection of songs that are as intriguing as they are engulfing.
Alongside their own tracks, the band chose to cover songs by Joy Division (‘Twenty Four Hours’), Yeah Yeah Yeahs (‘Modern Romance’) and The Smiths (‘Half A Person’), providing greater scope into the tracks’ pensive and wistful subjects, whilst retaining the stirring and engaging qualities of the originals.
“Melancholy, beautiful and strong [voice] competing with a near overwhelming, organic tumble of shoe- gaze combining ancient Scottish folk music, frost brittle and cymbal heavy drumming... A dark achievement” - Plan B
“Startling in its perfect execution... even those impervious to the twin titans of melancholy indie-rock, Messrs Middleton and Moffat, are likely to be swept away by its epic embellishment of all known misery” - Rock Sound
Catalogue number: FATLP87
Label: FatCat Records