From The Desk Of The Twilight Sad’s James Graham: Guitarists

On their latest, No One Can Ever Know (FatCat), Scotland’s best musical export since the Jesus And Mary Chain tear down their walls of guitar noise to reveal the icy synths beneath. For fans, it’s a radical departure for the Twilight Sad that’s nevertheless easy to digest, as frontman James Graham’s distinctive Scottish vocals and gloomy lyrical outlook remain front and center. Graham will be guest editing all week. Check out coverage of the Twilight Sad in issue #85, as well as our extended Q&A with Graham.

Graham: Here are some of the guitarists I still continue to revisit when I’m writing. The ideas they were coming up with at the time still sound as fresh just now as they did back then.
Johnny Marr: the Smiths
John McGeogh: Siouxsie & The Banshees, PiL, Magazine.
Tom Verlaine: Televison
Rowland S. Howard: Birthday Party
Tony Iommi: Black Sabbath
Robert Smith: the Cure
Thurston Moore/Lee Ronaldo: Sonic Youth

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