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Twin Atlantic - GLA Album Review


There is already a lot of excitement brewing around the latest offering from Twin Atlantic, which is always an interesting place from which to start a review. Over the not-so-distant past and from relatively obscure pop-punk roots, the Glaswegian collective have seen a swift climb through the music charts. Off the back of the considerable commercial success of their previous album, 2014's 'Great Divide', 'GLA' is a confident follow-up, which sees no slackening in volume or pace for the band, but an increasingly self-conscious nod to populist stadium-rock sensibilities.

Twin Atlantic - GLA Album Review

Opening track, the inexplicably named 'Gold Elephant: Cherry Aligator', is a forceful takeoff to a ride that spirals and dips many times throughout its course. Things pick up again on 'Valhalla', a screeching, pulsating, fist-pumping affair. Mixing with inimitable vocals from Sam McTrusty, Twin Atlantic's 'magic formula' of loud, loud, loud is much in evidence on 'GLA'. The band retain their skill for writing and throwing out a very catchy hook, however by the halfway point the relentless pace of the album leaves you feeling the need for a little time out. For those moments there are ballads of sorts here in the mix, with 'A Scar to Hide' presenting one of the major changes in pace.

This album set out to showcase the collective scars acquired over the bands history, as well as crystallizing their feelings around hometown of Glasgow, a city McTrusty describes as 'a city at the forefront of multiculturalism, both forward thinking and with a real sense of community, but also with a dark and rough history'. This energy, hope and darkness are all in evidence here. While they might not be winning any genre-defining prizes for their accomplished, polished rock and the notable yet ambiguous wisdom of their lyrical content, Twin Atlantic are a driving and compelling band with seemingly genuine heart and soul behind what they do.

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Sam McTrusty , Twin Atlantic - Isle of Wight Festival 2016 - Day 4 - Performances at Isle Of Wight Festival - Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th June 2016

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Sam Mctrusty and Twin Atlantic
Sam Mctrusty and Twin Atlantic

Twin Atlantic - Twin Atlantic performs at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow at King Tuts - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Friday 3rd June 2016

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Twin Atlantic - AIM Independent Music Awards 2015 - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 8th September 2015

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Sam McTrusty - Twin Atlantic perform live at The SSE Hydro at SSE Hydro SECC - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Saturday 9th May 2015

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Twin Atlantic and Sam Mctrusty
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Twin Atlantic Announce Spring 2015 Uk Shows

Posted on 19 December 2014

Twin Atlantic Announce Spring 2015 UK Shows

Sam McTrusty, Craig Kneale, Ross McNae and Barry McKenna of Twin Atlantic - John Varvatos first European store launch - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd September 2014

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Twin Atlantic Hit The Road With 11 Autumn Uk Dates Plus New Album 'Great Divide' Out August 18th 2014

Posted on 05 August 2014

Twin Atlantic Hit The Road With 11 Autumn UK Dates Plus New Album 'Great Divide' Out August 18th 2014

Twin Atlantic - Heart And Soul Single Review


Twin Atlantic are a Scottish rock band whose previous releases, 2009’s mini-album ‘Vivarium’ and 2011’s full length ‘Free’, have been pretty powerful. They are now back with their new single ‘Heart And Soul’, their first new material since ‘Free’ and taken from their upcoming album ‘Great Divide’ due out on August 18th 2014. Is it worth the wait? Not really.

Twin Atlantic - Heart And Soul Single Review

What’s evident is that Twin Atlantic are trying something new. Old Twin Atlantic had squealing and energetic guitars, like a poppier Mogwai, put alongside huge, supremely memorable choruses with frontman Sam McTrusty’s soaring Scottish vocals coming straight from the heart. On this song, the guitars employ more of a laid back blues vibe that makes The Black Keys spring to mind. It doesn’t suit them too well. The riff doesn’t pack as much punch as you’d like it to, and it sounds more like something from a GAP advert than something you’d want to dance to.

As for the chorus, it just doesn’t exert the same level of passion that they’ve previously displayed. Listen to an older song like ‘You’re Turning Into John Wayne’ or ‘Edit Me’ that both scream vigour and dynamism. Compared to those songs, ‘Heart And Soul’ just isn’t as gripping, with incredibly bland and unimaginative lyrics like ‘Open up your heart and your soul, take my love and never grow old’, that feel like they were written for the purpose of the melody as opposed to actually having any meaning.   

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Joel Compass, Gorgon City, Kiesza And Many More To Play The 'Vevo Garden' At The Great Escape 2014

Posted on 11 April 2014

Joel Compass, Gorgon City, Kiesza And Many More To Play The 'Vevo Garden' At The Great Escape 2014

Twin Atlantic Announce New Single 'Heart And Soul' Out In The Uk On 25th May 2014 New Album Due This Summer

Posted on 07 April 2014

Twin Atlantic Announce New Single 'Heart And Soul' Out In The UK On 25th May 2014 New Album Due This Summer

New Album On The Horizon For Twin Atlantic Due Early 2014

Posted on 12 August 2013

New Album On The Horizon For Twin Atlantic Due Early 2014

Reading And Leeds Festivals Return With Green Day Headliner And More On 23rd-25th August 2013

Posted on 12 March 2013

Reading And Leeds Festivals Return With Green Day Headliner And More On 23rd-25th August 2013

Twin Atlantic, Glasgow King Tuts 3rd May 2012 Live Review


2012 could be the Twin Atlantic's biggest year to date. The Scottish four piece has support slots with Blink 182 on their UK tour plus dates in the US supporting Incubus. Not to mention the recently announced slots at the Reading Festival and T in the Park.

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Twin Atlantic, Vivarium Album Review


Review of Twin Atlantic's album Vivarium

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