Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Twin Atlantic is composed of Sam McTrusty, Barry McKenna, Ross McNae and Craig Kneale. Having met in 2007 while attending Hutchinson's Grammer School, and Glasgow School of Art, the group built up a strong reputation both locally and nationally before recording their debut EP, 'A Guidance from Colour' in 2008. Now in 2016, the band heads into their highly anticipated 2016 album 'GLA'. These songs, from riff, to lyric, to guitarist Barry McKenna's searing lead lines - are possessed of powerful complexity and nuance. The perfect polished pop songs have been ditched, replaced by tracks that are just as compelling, but also possessing new depth and sophistication, while never shedding that primal Twin Atlantic kick. And they are personal and from-the-heart in a way the group have never before delivered.
Twin Atlantic have become the alternative rock band of the moment with the release of their Top 10, critically acclaimed new album 'GLA'. Their performance on Later With Jools Holland and their triumphant UK tour has shown them to be one of the UK's best live acts. The band now head to Europe on tour and return to play 3 nights at Glasgow Barrowlands from 13th-15th December.
'Ex El' is the new single to be released from 'GLA'. A stand out track on
the album it is the most personal to Sam McTrusty who said:
"It is about some personal pain that I've suppressed for my whole life, that I have tried to deal with through art for the past 10 years... music, film, art whatever it is. In the studio when I sang these notes and screamed, something happened. This song and these lyrics made it all go away. It's a song about finding empowerment. Ownership. It's the first song where I finally used my true voice, the inner me, the real me."
'GLA' was written in Glasgow, and the band - bassist Ross McNae, drummer Craig Kneale, and guitarist Barry McKenna - repaired to Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles to record the album, working with Jacknife Lee (US, Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club) who had previously produced some tracks for previous Top 10 album 'Great Divide' (2014). Under his direction, they eschewed old school recording techniques, taping their parts separately. This change in their recording process marked the grander ambitions of the new songs, while their dream mixer Alan Moulder (best known for his unforgettable work with Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Foo Fighters and My Bloody Valentine) came aboard to give the album the essential finishing touch.
"Turns out, when Twin Atlantic unleash untold savagery in the form of a pop song, they're amazing." - **** NME
"...they've upped their game beyond measure. GLA's songs are snappy, its drums gigantic, its guitar riffs thrilling and McTrusty sings ... with the conviction of a man reborn. Anthem piles upon anthem ... and this is surely what Twin Atlantic were aspiring to all along." - **** Q
"By finally abandoning the pursuit of making alt-rock sound as pristine as possible, Twin Atlantic have actually struck upon something much more significant here; their identity." - **** Mojo
"... this is Twin Atlantic stepping up their intensity, their aggression and their commitment to achieving greatness on their terms... they look destined to conquer everything they touch." - KKKK Kerrang!
"It's a beast of a record, full of swagger and attitude." - The Independent
"... honest, heartfelt and infectious songs that are destined to be belted out on the biggest of stages." - 8/10 Rocksound
"An album of unashamed anthems..." - Clash
"Twin Atlantic deserve credit for doing more than just leaning into the sound that earned them radio airplay on the Great Divide.... an exciting direction for the Glasgow outfit." - The Line Of Best Fit
"A belter of a rock record. fun and full of surprises" - **** Upset
"It shows a quartet with their shackles off, acting on impulse and throwing themselves in headfirst." - DIY
21 Sep, 2018
Twin Atlantic receive a 5K review in Kerrang! for their performance at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park.
26 Apr, 2018
The Camden Rocks festival takes place at 20 venues in the London borough on 2nd June, and features over 200 artists including:
...Public Image Ltd.
22 Mar, 2018
Camden Rocks festival takes place on Saturday 2nd June, and features 200 bands over 20 stages. Including from the Primary Talent roster:
...Public Image Ltd.
08 Mar, 2018
Twin Atlantic will tour the UK in May & June, with support from The Pale White & Bellevue Days.
23 Feb, 2018
Twin Atlantic have announced UK tour dates for May & June.
See their artist page for full details.
22 Jan, 2018
The Camden Rocks festival features 150 bands playing at 20 venues around the borough on Saturday 2nd June, and includes the following Primary Talent International artists.
...Public Image Ltd.
27 Apr, 2017
Twin Atlantic are featured in the NME on the eve of their UK tour, which begins on Friday 28th April, see their artist page for full details.
14 Mar, 2017
Twin Atlantic will tour the UK throughout May, with support from Darlia & The Pale White.
See their artist page for details.
20 Dec, 2016
Twin Atlantic's three huge homecoming shows at Glasgow's Barrowlands, have earned the band a 4 Star live review in The Independent.
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