Bands to Watch #133: Twin Atlantic

By on Monday, 14th September 2009 at 12:00 pm

Twin Atlantic (side)They Say:
The seeds of Twin Atlantic were sown when front man Sam McTrusty and bassist Ross McNae met at school, united by a love of music. Guitarist and cellist Barry McKenna came on board after driving the fledgling band around Scotland to tiny pub gigs. The final piece of the puzzle came in the shape of drummer Craig Kneale, who had been in an earlier band with Ross. Since those early days, they have evolved into one of the UK’s most exciting new rock bands, poppy melodies twisted with a metallic crunch and shades of prog experimentation.

After an ambitious EP, A Guidance From Colour, and show-stopping support slots with alt-rock legends Smashing Pumpkins and like-minded American prog rockers Circa Survive, fans are already showing up at gigs with their logo and lyrics tattooed to their bodies. They’re far from an overnight success though – a lot of hard work has gone into this band. “Our practice space up until recently was Craig’s dining room,” says Sam. “We’d be at his house at 12 and practice until half four, and then he would go to sleep for two hours, get up, go to work at B&Q all night, sleep for two hours, wake up and then practice. He did that for months.”

In March 2009, shortly after selling out the 1,000 capacity QMU in Glasgow, the band headed over the ocean to the crazed streets of Austin, Texas to play four blistering shows at South by Southwest. Their American adventure took them to LA shortly afterwards to record Vivarium with producer John Travis, who has worked with Kid Rock, Sugar Ray, Static X and Social Distortion.

We Say:
Packed with enormous sweeping riffs and impassioned vocals dripping with some gorgeous Scottish vowels they’re quite similar to Biffy Clyro, but a bit more melodic and still incredibly Scottish. Not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea, but definitely a great band to watch.

You Say:
Watch the video below, or catch them on tour at the below dates


Their tour kicked off on Friday in Inverness and resumes on Thursday

Thursday 17th September 2009 – York, Fibbers
Friday 18th September 2009 – Stoke, Sugarmill
Saturday 19th September 2009 – Liverpool Korova
Sunday 20th September 2009 – Nottingham Bodega
Monday 21st September 2009 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Thursday 24th September 2009 – Carlisle Brickyard
Friday 25th September 2009 – Hull Lamp
Saturday 26th September 2009 – Southampton Joiners
Sunday 27th September 2009 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Tuesday 29th September 2009 – London old Blue Last
Wednesday 30th September 2009 – London Garage (w/ The Joy Formidable)
Thursday 1st October 2009 – Oxford Bullingdon Arms
Friday 2nd October 2009 – Edinburgh Studio 24

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