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By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 3rd November 2015 at 4:00 pm
Two Saturdays ago, Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic held court at the famed Brudenell Social Club in Leeds for their turn headlining the Dr. Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING UK tour that has been ongoing all this autumn. In the below live gig video, the band perform ‘Heart Soul’, a live fan favourite and single from their 2014 album ‘Great Divide’. Twin Atlantic have said they won’t be performing this song again for a very long time – let’s try and think of this as good news: let’s assume they’ve got new material – but the band’s own pronouncement makes this performance all the more important in the annals of their history. Watch it below.
For more coverage of Twin Atlantic on TGTF, go here. For more on the Dr. Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING campaign this year and in past years, this is your link.
Dr. Martens has just announced Dutch Uncles, Palma Violets and Lonely the Brave as the first three headliners on its Stand for Something Tour 2015. As in the past, this year’s Stand for Something Tour will once again feature six shows in six different cities, each headlined by a different up and coming band. Though the headliners for the remaining 3 nights of the tour are yet to be announced, we at TGTF would like to take the opportunity to preview the three bands already lined up to play.
Dutch Uncles, pictured in the header photo at top, released their most recent album back in February, the third in their discography titled ‘O Shudder’. They will appear at Tramlines, Kendal Calling, and Festival Number 6 later this summer before headlining the Glasgow Stand for Something show on the 26th of September. They will spend this November on tour in Europe and the UK with Garbage. When asked by the promoters of the Dr. Martens tour what Dutch Uncles stand for, the band responded in a very literal, yet humourous way: “Determinedly Underrated Tricky Choruses Housed in Uncompromisingly Natured Cadenzas and Listened to Enduringly, Sort of.” Previous TGTF coverage of Dutch Uncles is right this way.
London’s Palma Violets have already had a bustling 2015, headlining the NME Awards Tour in February and March, then releasing their second LP ‘Danger in the Club’ in May. Their summer vacation plans include the ongoing Glastonbury Festival, as well as T in the Park and Reading and Leeds. They will headline the Dr. Martens show on the 10th of October in Norwich before heading out on selected tour dates with The Vaccines in November. For our previous coverage of Palma Violets, click here.
Moving forward from their support slot on last year’s Stand for Something Tour, Cambridge quintet Lonely the Brave will headline the show on the 7th of November in Belfast. They have just released a new version of their debut album ‘The Day’s War’, which they have dubbed the ‘Victory Edition’. The new release includes remixes and live versions from the original album as well as 12 previously unreleased tracks. Building upon their already substantial fan base, Lonely the Brave will play summer festival dates at T in the Park and Reading and Leeds ahead of the Dr. Martens tour. Our previous coverage of Lonely the Brave is right back here.
Following are the announced dates, venues, and headline acts for the Stand for Something Tour 2015. Check the Dr. Martens Web site for updated information as the live dates approach.
Saturday 26th September 2015 – Glasgow Nice ‘n’ Sleazy starring Dutch Uncles
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Norwich Owl Sanctuary starring Palma Violets (sold out as of 17/09/2015)
Saturday 24th October 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club – Twin Atlantic (sold out as of 17/09/2015)
Saturday 7th November 2015 – Belfast Limelight starring Lonely the Brave
Saturday 21st November 2015 – Sheffield Corporation – The Wytches (sold out as of 17/09/2015)
Saturday 28th November 2015 – London Our Black Heart – Bury Tomorrow (sold out as of 17/09/2015)
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 23rd December 2014 at 9:00 am
It’s been a busy year for Twin Atlantic, who performed on the Saturday at Glasto 2014 and released their third album ‘Great Divide’ in August. Now, the Scottish rockers have announced a short tour of the UK in May 2015. Tickets go on sale this Boxing Day, Friday, the 26th of December, at 9 AM.
All of TGTF’s previous coverage on the band is is this way.
Tuesday 5th May 2015 – Manchester Albert Hall
Thursday 7th May 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Friday 8th May 2015 – Birmingham Academy
Saturday 9th May 2015 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 7th October 2014 at 6:00 pm
The new video from Twin Atlantic is for ‘Hold On’, which appears on their current album ‘Great Divide’, reviewed by John here. The story takes the song title quite literally, as you will see below.
The Scottish band’s next tour in the UK starts later this month.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 29th August 2014 at 4:00 pm
Last month was the awesome Original Penguin Plugged In night starring American duo We Are Scientists and Scots Twin Atlantic. (Two lucky TGTF readers attended the show via us.) This afternoon we’ve got a live video from the night of Sam McTrusty and co. performing ‘Brothers and Sisters’ from the night for you.
The song appears on the band’s third album ‘Great Divide’, released this week (it was reviewed by John here). Watch the performance below.
Glasgow-born foursome Twin Atlantic have always walked on the poppier side of the alternative rock road. Nowhere near heavy enough to share the sidewalks with the likes of Biffy Clyro and far too prone to a spate of jazzy piano – take ‘I Am an Animal’ as case in point – to brush shoulders with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age. Yet with their rock credentials on show, they’re still keeping well clear of the likes of Snow Patrol and Travis.
I was never really one to question their rock credentials, but after the release of ‘Heart and Soul’, I felt a swift check over their authorisation was in order to allow them access to the venerated Alt-Rock circle. ‘Heart and Soul’ is a bold statement, it’s not exactly the most subtle in the message conveyed – “When you open up your heart and your soul / take my love and never grow old, yeah / open up your heart and your soul” – and after a few listens, it did sound rather formulaic. However, to release a single after your breakthrough album that strikes such a tangent from what’s expected from the band is about as courageous a statement as you can make with the band in its infancy.
Their new album released this week, ‘Great Divide’, feels a bit schizophrenic. There are light hearted numbers like ‘I Am an Animal’, which feel like Beatles-inspired pop bouncers, whilst ‘Hold On’ and ‘Cell Mate’ both have all the hallmarks of balls out guts or glory arena rock. It’s in these big, kilts up charge the English moments where Twin Atlantic are at their best (yes, I’ve gone full Mel Gibson in Braveheart). OK, so Sam McTrusty may not be painting his chest, swinging his cock around and screaming, “they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!” But ‘Cell Mate’ is an absolute stormer, with a stomping riff and a huge chorus of “Don’t let me down / from so far away/ ’cause I’m you’re cell mate / yeah I’m you’re cell mate”, where McTrusty, Barry McKenna, Ross McNae and Craig Kneale do their best to talk champion fraternity and put the boot in to the bonus-grabbing, office dwelling bourgeoisie. Their sentiment, not mine (I worked in a bank once).
‘Brothers and Sisters’ (watch it here) is one of McTrusty’s most poignant pieces of songwriting and is certain to be a hit with the already enamoured Radio 1-ati – especially as Fearne Cotton, Zane Lowe and Greg James are all already drooling into their respective buckets, which they’ve of course used for drool after their ice bucket challenge, after listening to ‘Great Divide’. The more timid of the tracks, in particular ‘Rest in Pieces’, do feel slightly clichéd and almost forced. The four-piece are certainly at their best when they’ve got their amps turned up to eleven and are going for a solid bit arena sized cock-rock.
That’s where the disappointment in ‘Great Divide’ lies, as it feels like an album with, to forgive the pun, but a Great Divide of its own. It’s a record from a band, that are almost having a post-university, quarter-life crisis. They’ve had a great time touring and promoting the incredibly successful ‘Free’ and now they’re stuck at home deciding what exactly they want to do with themselves. Sadly, like most people suffering from their own quarter-life crisis, they will probably have to learn from their mistakes here; the clichés are overdone and all too obvious. But, there’s solace in some of the Foo Fighters / Bon Jovi-lite stadium rock they’ve clocked up. They may not have found a niche, but hopefully when they tour and festival the bejesus out of this material they’ll get to the ‘Heart and Soul’ (pun #2 of this review) of where *they* want to be going. I don’t think it’s the soppy cliché ridden ballad route, and I don’t think they want to go that way either.
Twin Atlantic‘s third album ‘Great Divide’ is out now on Red Bull Records. Catch the band on tour in the UK in October; all the details are this way.