The Twilight Sad – 10th November 2018 – Paris Point Ephémère – Tour diary part 1
Feature by Sarah Sarti
When you walk to the Glasgow bus station in the middle of the night and you see two foxes playing in a small garden unconcerned by the pouring rain or you, you know it’s gonna be a great weekend. This morning my destination is Paris, where l am gonna spend a weekend with a friend and on Saturday night The Twilight Sad will play the first gig of the European promo tour for the new album.
Paris welcomes us with a lovely sunny day, so what do you apart from strolling along Canal St.Martin? Look for a crepe, obviously! There is time for a quick mint tea at the beautiful Mosque and a walk in the Jardin Des Plantes while the sun is going down. In the evening we go to the Musee Du Luxembourg where there is a Mucha exhibition we both long for: the rooms are packed but the beauty of these painting will stay with me for a long time. We have dinner then head to the hotel, the day has been long and we need our beauty sleep.
Saturday is Sad day, so the sun is gone and an almost Scottish rain lashes the whole city! Our mission this morning is to visit Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur: the place is so charming that it cannot be spoiled, not even by the constant river of tourists. We have a walk in the less busy part of the area, there is a small vineyard and a beautiful cemetery, called Saint Vincent, where a lot of graves are covered with ivy in a million of autumnal colours, really enchanting. We sit for lunch and a coffee for a while, and in the meantime, the rain stops: we also manage to pretend we are not so excited about the gig tonight, so we have a look at a small art gallery called Les Douches where there is a photographic exhibition by Aaron Suskind.
We go to the venue at 7pm and there are already some people queuing, looks like our “secret” band is not so secret anymore, and this is a very good news because The Twilight Sad deserve to be known and loved by a wider audience.
The show is sold out and when Michael Timmons goes onstage the venue is already packed: this intimate and elegant songwriter is playing for the first time in Europe and will open all gigs on the tour. He holds our interest with a handful of songs from his debut album “Bone Coloured” and l am happy to say the audience listens in silence and pays the right attention.
The Twilight Sad…oh, well, this is the hard part, right? Because l am supposed to sound unbiased but this band live is so amazing, so powerful and so emotional that is impossible not to be enthusiastic. The audience gets on fire as they open with There’s a Girl In The Corner, then we are introduced to some new songs: it’s the first time l hear I’m Not Here and they nail it, delivering an immense version. The Arbor and Vtr are on the setlist as well, the second being already one of the hardcore fans favourites. The rest of the show is a collection of songs that we should call “classics” already, from “The Wrong car” to Cold Days From The Birdhouse, but the most touching moment is without a doubt is the Frightened Rabbit cover Keep Yourself Warm, a song that never fails to move everyone.
As usual they play no encore and when the lights turn on, here we are, a bunch of miserable souls with our ears buzzing and our hearts full. It’s been said before but really, do yourself a favour and go to see these guys playing.