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
12 Dec, 2019
Twin Atlantic will tour the UK throughout March, with special guests BLOXX.
09 Dec, 2019
Twin Atlantic will play the TRNSMT festival on Glasgow Green, on Saturday 11th July.
05 Nov, 2019
Twin Atlantic continue their glorious return with the thought-provoking, subconscious-diving video to their brand new single 'Novocaine', taken from their charged-up fourth LP 'POWER' - out January 24th and their first release on Virgin EMI.
The debut single, which The Guardian recently described as a "huge breakneck synth-rock anthem that harks back to their country's Big Music", and that The Independent labelled as a "stadium sized anthem", is as of today 'Tune Of The Week' on BBC Radio 1.
Directed by Alex Nicholson (Circa Waves, The Sherlocks), the frantic video draws on the inspiration of colour, mood & memory, interchanged with an adrenalised band performance. Working within a visual restriction, the band have produced an impressive must-see creative spectacle.
Speaking of the themes and concepts for the video, frontman Sam McTrusty comments; "The collage approach to Alex's idea was really appealing to us. It's the exact same way we have been approaching writing lyrics on this album. A sound or a colour evoke a feeling or a memory and you chase that down a rabbit hole and see what it unravels from your subconscious. To have a director listen to the song and get that was lucky. Working to the limitations of just red, green and blue lighting was another way this ties into the record. We've found that by limiting ourselves we actually use more of our imagination and creativity."
Nicholson says of the video; "I really wanted to create something different for this incredibly powerful song. I wanted the viewer to feel, to live the lyrics and to ignore everything else around them; just digest what they were watching. It's a sensory experience. Put on your headphones, ignore everything else around you and immerse yourself in the epic sound and visuals".â€¨â€¨ Tapping into their LCD Soundsystem fandom, and acknowledging the influence of Depeche Mode, 'POWER' is eight punchy tracks and two compelling interludes. No fat, no fuss, all fire, made by a band plugging in, turning it up and taking charge. The message: here are their new songs, take them - and the band - as you find them.
After ten years, Twin Atlantic got their Glasgow studio fully up-and-running. They gigged for thrills, and used the money to fund the album they wanted to make. They took charge of production. And only then, when all that was done and dusted, did they sign a new record deal. Yes, they had to do everything themselves - and they'd have had it no other way.
McTrusty explains; "We just got into a room and started creating. The studio as its own instrument reached a new level - we created nothing outside those walls and it became a physical embodiment of the album itself. 'POWER' is our own example that there's always a way forward when you are faced with limitations and red lights. It's reignited our ambition and drive for what we can achieve. Hearing these songs, that's what I feel and hear: power," concludes Sam McTrusty. "And that's what the last two years have made us feel as a band: totally empowered."
â€¨â€¨Following a blistering main stage performance at Reading & Leeds Festival, as well as supporting The 1975 in Glasgow, Twin make their full live return with the announcement of a March underplay tour, including an intimate night at London's Electric Ballroom. The band will also play a run of UK arena dates this week in support to Catfish And The Bottlemen.
04 Nov, 2019
Twin Atlantic will be the special guests of Catfish and the Bottlemen, on the following dates of their UK Arena Tour beginning tonight.
29 Oct, 2019
Twin Atlantic will tour the UK throughout March 2020.
30 Aug, 2019
Twin Atlantic perform 'The Chaser' at Reading & Leeds festivals, last weekend.
28 Aug, 2019
Twin Atlantic perform Heart & Soul at Reading & Leeds festivals, last weekend.
24 Aug, 2019
The second day of the Reading and Leeds festivals, will feature The 1975 headlining in Leeds, and many other Primary Talent International artists at both sites.
Reading Festival: Saturday
...The Japanese House
...Sons of Raphael
Leeds Festival: Saturday
...You Me At Six
...The Night Café
...Bowling For Soup
22 Aug, 2019
The Reading and Leeds Festival weekend begins on Friday, with The 1975 headlining the main stage at Reading and featuring a whole host of Primary Talent International artists, across all stages at both events.
Reading Festival: Friday
...You Me At Six
...The Night Café
...Bowling For Soup
Leeds Festival: Friday
...Everyone You Know
21 Sep, 2018
Twin Atlantic receive a 5K review in Kerrang! for their performance at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park.
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|06 Mar 20||Fat Sams||Dundee|
|07 Mar 20||Grand Hall||Kilmarnock|
|09 Mar 20||Riverside||Newcastle Upon Tyne|
|10 Mar 20||Academy||Manchester|
|11 Mar 20||The Leadmill||Sheffield|
|13 Mar 20||The Tramshed||Cardiff|
|14 Mar 20||O2 Academy||Oxford|
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|17 Mar 20||The Old Firestation||Bournemouth|
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