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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.
Glaswegian rockers Twin Atlantic have announced the upcoming release of their new album ‘Great Divide’ for the 18th of August on Red Bull Records. The album release will be followed by an 11-date tour of the UK, including a show at the Roundhouse in London. Tickets for the following dates will go on sale this Friday, the 8th of August, at 9 AM. Below the tour dates, watch the video for the anthemic single ‘Brothers and Sisters’.
Thursday 23rd October 2014 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Friday 24th October 2014 – Glasgow Barrowland
Monday 27th October 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Tuesday 28th October 2014 – Manchester Academy
Wednesday 29th October 2014 – Sheffield Academy
Thursday 30th October 2014 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Saturday 1st November 2014 – Birmingham Institute
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – Cardiff University Solus
Monday 3rd November 2014 – London Roundhouse
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Southampton Guildhall
Thursday 6th November 2014 – Cambridge Junction
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 11:00 am
Tomorrow is the 1st of July. Another month, another great gig hosted by fashion house Original Penguin at the famed London venue the Hospital Club. Just like the one starring Nick Mulvey and THUMPERS a few short weeks back, this month’s show next Tuesday (the 8th of July) promises to be another great night of music. And we’ve blagged a pair of tickets to the intimate gig to give away to a lucky TGTF reader!
A band that really needs no introduction, Brooklyn-based We Are Scientists will be headlining the proceedings Tuesday night in London. It’s not enough that they write kick-arse songs that stay in your head forever and ever like ‘The Great Escape’, ‘After Hours’ and Rules Don’t Stop’. They’re also extremely funny guys and should you have the luck to win this pair of tickets, you’re in for a rib-tickling night with jokes a-plenty interspersed between the band’s cheeky brand of American rock.
Before We Are Scientists will be Glaswegian band Twin Atlantic, who have been wowing crowds all over the UK for as long as I’ve been involved with TGTF and we started writing about them in 2009 (probably longer). I can only say that their epic rock sound should sound amazing in the cramped confines of the Hospital Club.
Normally, the only way into this special show is if you sign up here at Original Penguin to put your name in for the company’s lucky draw. But as I mentioned before, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away and we want to give them to a deserving TGTF reader. Keen on winning? Ready, set, go!
First, please fill out your full name and your email address in the form below. Then to make sure you really want to go (and also to confirm you’re not a robot!), you’ll need to correctly answer this question: What band is supporting We Are Scientists on their headline shows in July? (Hint: Dig around We Are Scientists’ official Web site for the answer.) Get your entries in by noon British time on Wednesday the 2nd of July. We’ll choose a winner from all the correct entries received and contact him/her by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get themselves to London for the show, and the winner and guest must be 18+ or you will be turned away at the door (and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed). All duplicate entries will be discarded.
This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted by email.
By Mary Chang
on Sunday, 29th June 2014 at 5:00 pm
Wherever you will be hanging your hat this weekend, whether you’re joining the sheep at Worthy Farm or you’ve got your feet up in front of the telly, us here at TGTF will have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC will be working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.
Let’s have something inspiring for your Sunday evening, shall we? Glasgow’s Twin Atlantic put in an arm-raising, rousing performance in at the John Peel Stage Saturday night at Glasto. And now you can watch their performance of ‘Heart and Soul’ below.
For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 5th June 2014 at 4:00 pm
Scottish rock favourites Twin Atlantic recently went on tour in the Scottish Highlands this past spring and while out there, they filmed some footage, which they now want to share with their fans. They also appeared at Radio 1’s Big Weekend last bank holiday, and we’ve got video of their powerful performance of ‘Heart and Soul’, their current single. Enjoy it all below.
Twin Atlantic’s new album ‘Great Divide’ is scheduled for release on the 18th of August.