Quick summary: This is a post about music and 3 bands I’m digging lately.
Many months ago an old friend bought two tickets to The Cure concert which took place earlier this month in my city. To my delight, I was asked if I’d like to accompany him and so he said he would save me a ticket. A couple weeks before the concert I followed up to express my excitement and confirm how much I owed him for the ticket, only to find out he’d forgotten and given the ticket to someone else. At that point in time the show was sold out. The Cure is one of my all-time favorites and, though I’d seen them in concert before, I was incredibly disappointed to miss them this time around. My friend felt terrible and has since made up for it to the best of his ability (free food, I’m easy!).
He told me I’d probably like the band that’s been opening for them on the tour. I must say, after checking them out I’m so impressed. They’re a Scottish post-punk band called The Twilight Sad. If you prefer warmth and joy in music, you can look elsewhere. I myself tend to enjoy darker sounds. Singer James Graham says, “I could never see us writing a happy record. Even though we’re quite normal people. I just see that side of life as more interesting than somebody writing about how good their life is and how happy they are.” He cites The Cure and The Smiths as his biggest influences. Here’s a sample for you (gotta love that Scottish accent):
Robert Smith also did a cover of their song. He’s a big fan of the band.
Second and third, if synth makes your ears happy, then you might enjoy the following: Hard Corps, a synthpop group from London. Back in the mid-to-late 80s they supported The Cure and Depeche Mode on tour. Check it:
Lastly, Fad Gadget (Frank Tovey) who also supported Depeche Mode at one time. Best described as dark experimental electronic.
Source of James Graham quote here