On Thursday night, Scottish post-punk band The Twilight Sad came to the Rock and Roll Hotel in support of their latest album, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. While the band was just here in November opening for We Were Promised Jetpacks at the 9:30 Club, this was their first headlining show in the District in quite some time (a previous scheduled show at the Rock and Roll Hotel in 2012 was cancelled at the last moment due to visa issues).
Playing on a dim stage lit only by red backlighting which gave them an almost otherworldly appearance, the band tore through an energetic 14-song set. Opening with “There’s a Girl in the Corner,” the lead song off of the new record, the band played a set heavy on new songs, but also included fan favorites such as “I Became a Prostitute” and “And She Would Darken the Memory.” Loud and unrelenting as always, the band constantly threatened to overwhelm James Graham’s thickly accented vocals.
In a stark contrast that didn’t seem lost on singer Nick Principe, opener Port St. Willow’s set of quiet, atmospheric music felt serene in comparison. The Brooklyn-based musician’s falsetto drifted lightly over his guitar and the drums, keyboards, and trombone that accompanied him.
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