From The Desk Of The Twilight Sad’s James Graham: “Donnie Darko”

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: Last year was the 10th anniversary of one of our favourite films Donnie Darko. I remember being 16 or 17 and in high school when it came out and loving everything about it. The soundtrack as well as the original score was pretty amazing, and it introduced me to some bands which are now my favourite artists of all time. So we thought we’d celebrate the anniversary by covering INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart,” which was at the start of the director’s cut of the film. I don’t even know to this day if I truly understand what Donnie Darko is about, but that’s why I like it so much.

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