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The Twilight Sad open for The Cure, Headline the Doug Fir this Week in Portland

By MEGHAN KEARNEY // Two opportunities to catch The Twilight Sad in Portland on tour now with The Cure

Last month we named The Twilight Sad one of our not-to-miss Sasquatch! Music Festival artists (read here). Not able to get out to the Gorge this Memorial Day weekend? You can still catch Glasgow Scotland’s The Twilight Sad twice on their way to and from The Gorge in the upcoming week!

This Scottish rockers sit comfortably between new-wave and post-rock with thick accented vocals from James Graham that could drown your soul. Their most recent album Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, released in 2014, shows no signs of ceasing on the group’s ability to craft songs so beautiful and so darkly unnerving all at once. A record more focused on bassy synths in contrast to some of their earlier work à la the groundbreak Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters that is a teary-eyed rock record mixing keys, pounding drums and some acoustic, but no less perhaps where their self-selected description of “miserable music” was birthed and still rings true today.

The first of their Portland(proper) appearances will be supporting The Cure at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 28 just across the river in Ridgefield, WA. Not surprisingly "The Sad" have openly and proudly stated their long term love for and influence by The Cure and were just as openly delighted (as anyone who follows their social media can attest to) when asked to join The Cure on their North American Tour. Their music holds that same kind of angsty, gothy, sadness found in so many Cure songs and any Cure fan will easily find themselves a Twilight Sad fan whether they know it yet or not. For those already planning to attend this show, the important part is to show up early and find out for yourself if the Twilight Sad is the beautiful misery you’ve been looking for. And for those who still don’t have tickets to this show, time has not run out.


On their way back from central Washington, the lads will be making another stop through Portland, this time to headline the Doug Fir Lounge on Monday, May 30th. This dark, intimate setting is perfect for a full Twilight Sad experience, where you’ll be able to get up close and personal with hypnotizing vocals and the appearance of loud synths, heavy drums, and a whole lot of Scottish charm. This won’t be The Twilight Sad’s first appearance at The Fir and it is sure to feel like a homecoming away from home. Come get sad with The Sad.

Doors 8:00 pm/Show 9:00 pm.  21+

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