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Tramlines 2011: Day 1 Roundup

 
By on Friday, 12th August 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Situated just north of the Midlands, Sheffield has produced some fine musicians over the years. The likes of Pulp, Arctic Monkeys and Def Leppard have heralded from the area, so it only seems fitting that here, in the middle of the summer, a mass grouping of hundreds of artists should come together for the largest free music festival in Europe, Tramlines (held this year on 22-24 July).

With a hugely diverse billing, you don’t have to have an eclectic or particularly well educated knowledge of music to find something you’ll love just around the corner, as near enough every bar, pub, club and venue in the centre of the city has had a stage erected or at least allocated space to it for the duration of the weekend. And huge public spaces such as Devonshire Green, the Peace Gardens and the City Square have had fully fledged stages put up for the third year running. Artists of all genres and backgrounds, from Pixie Lott and Olly Murs, all the way through to local heroes Rolo Tomassi and bearded favourite Josh T. Pearson are in attendance, so thousands have flocked to enjoy the musical feast.

Friday afternoon brings a warm day to Yorkshire as the festival gets underway. The warm-up last night has brought Guillemots to the city for their first of three sets this weekend, as well as a host of smaller and local bands raring to impress the city’s increased amount of punters. Beginning my Friday afternoon up at the Harley is Grass House. The band saunter onstage to a minimal crowd who politely turn to pay attention, if little more. Their set hardly electrifies my weekend from the start, but it’s a steady half-hour from a band who appear lost somewhere between Britpop and prog at times

After this, I make my way further out of the centre down to the dull looking building of Bar 27. Once in the door, I’m greeted with shining marble effects and a white lit room with music paraphernalia dotted around and a red carpet (which I’m later told is incredibly slippery) laid out between two speaker towers to form what appears to be a stage. Crewe band Maps of Columbus (photo at left) are preparing to play their only set of the weekend in front of a crowd of trendy bar regulars and those who’ve gambled on the 10-minute walk out of the centre. With a sound not too dissimilar to a large amount of tomorrow’s New Music Stage (Copy Haho, Young Legionnaire, Danananananaykroyd) Maps of Columbus might be one of Tramlines’ criminally overlooked bands, even if the stage banter does make blink-182 look like top quality comedians. Debut single ‘Daisy’ is a standout, especially at 150% speed.

Back into the city and to the first big venue of the weekend. The Leadmill tonight plays host to Twin Atlantic (pictured at top) in one of their biggest shows to date and who, understandably rise to the occasion. Kicking off with album opener ‘Edit Me’, the Scottish group barely look back. It’s the supporting cast tonight I’m interested in however. Tellison, to be precise. The band appear slightly off today, even just having released their album a month ago. That said, they still give glimpses of their brilliance, but from far away, it just seems like the same old story.

I had hoped to see a lot more bands on Friday, but by the time I got back from my trip to where I was staying, many places were simply too crowded to attempt. Hot Club De Paris, Trophy Wife, Islet and a host of other fantastic artists were on show to those lucky enough to get inside though.

Stay tuned for more from Braden on his Tramlines experiences this year.

 

Twin Atlantic / April and May 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 10th February 2011 at 9:00 am
 

Glaswegian rockers Twin Atlantic will be hitting the road in April and May. Their next single, ‘Edit Me’, will be released on Valentine’s Day (14 February) but will be available digitally the day before, the 13th; we reviewed it a little while ago, you can read it here. Their debut album, ‘Free’, is due out on the 2nd of May on Red Bull Records.

Saturday 30th April 2011 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Sunday 1st May 2011 – Inverness Ironworks
Tuesday 3rd May 2011 – Newcastle Academy 2
Thursday 5th May 2011 – Manchester Academy 3
Friday 6th May 2011 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Saturday 7th May 2011 – Leeds Cockpit
Sunday 8th May 2011 – Nottingham Rock City
Tuesday 10th May 2011 – Birmingham Academy 3
Wednesday 11th May 2011 – Bristol Fleece
Thursday 12th May 2011 – Southampton Joiners
Friday 13th May 2011 – London Kings College

 

Single Review: Twin Atlantic – Edit Me

 
By on Thursday, 27th January 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Looking for a Valentine’s present for your hard rock lovin’ sweetie? Glaswegian rock band Twin Atlantic have you covered. We profiled the band as a Bands to Watch nearly a a year and a half ago, and now they are set to release their next single, ‘Edit Me’, on the 14th of February. While they’ve toured as support for fellow Scots Biffy Clyro in the past, I like the more melodic sound of this band.

Screaming, relentless guitars and Sam McTrusty’s urgent vocals in ‘Edit Me’ make this a fun song, in a head-banging sort of way. It definitely sounds like the kind of song that could reverberate around stadiums as punters sing along, so they’ve got a song that will work on a massive scale crowd level, if and when they get there.

Their debut album, ‘Free’, is due out in the spring, and the band are currently on their first headlining tour of the UK: the full listing of dates is available here on TGTF. Sounds like an exciting tour, if what McTrusty says is anything to go on:

We are really looking forward to this tour. We have supported so many bands over the last year with next to no headline shows and that has made us really miss the vibe and community of our wee fan base. This is us getting back to what we do best and it is only made all the better that we have just finished recording our debut full-length album. We will be playing some new songs that define the new direction for us, and we can’t wait to let people hear what we have been working on. To top it off, it’ll be great to be back on the road with Tom DeLonge and Angels and Airwaves for the shows in Europe.

8/10

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzD1A-efrww[/youtube]

 

Twin Atlantic / January and February 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 16th December 2010 at 3:30 pm
 

Twin Atlantic from Glasgow have announced details of a headlining tour of the UK for January and February 2011. The band plans to release their debut album sometime in the spring.

Wednesday 19th January 2011 – Hull Fruit
Thursday 20th January 2011 – York Fibbers
Friday 21st January 2011 – Durham Live Lounge
Saturday 22nd January 2011 – Sheffield University
Sunday 23rd January 2011 – Liverpool Academy 2
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Cambridge Haymakers
Tuesday 1st February 2011 – Kingston Peel
Wednesday 2nd February 2011 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Friday 4th February 2011 – Plymouth White Rabbit
Saturday 5th February 2011 – Yeovil Orange Box
Sunday 6th February 2011 – Leicester Sub 91
Tuesday 8th February 2011 – Preston 53 Degrees
Sunday 13th February 2011 – Stirling Fu Bar
Thursday 17th February 2011 – Dingwall Oscars
Friday 18th February 2011 – Orkney Fusion
Saturday 19th February 2011 – Thurso Skinandis

 

Twin Atlantic / In-Stores / March 2010

 
By on Friday, 12th February 2010 at 3:00 pm
 

Coming off a string of sold-out gigs in Glasgow, rockers Twin Atlantic have announced two in-store dates around the release of their new single, ‘Lightspeed.’

Monday 1st March 2010 – Aberdeen, One Up Records (5 pm)
Tuesday 2nd March 2010 – Glasgow, Avalanche (Over 14s only, entry via a limited number of wristbands – visit the store for more details)

‘Lightspeed’ (previously reviewed on TGTF here) will be released on 01 March on limited edition vinyl and digitally. Vinyl 1 has a b-side of a ‘Lightspeed’ remix by Michael Woods. Vinyl 2 comes on clear vinyl in a green PVC sleeve and has a remix of ‘Old Grey Face’ as the b-side (only available from Avalanche Records, Glasgow).

 

In The Post #45: Twin Atlantic – Lightspeed

 
By on Tuesday, 26th January 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Glaswegian alt-rockers Twin Atlantic have had quite a meteoric rise since forming in 2007, having in the space of just a few years gone from practicing in drummer Craig Kneale’s dining room to supporting bands like Biffy Clyro, the Subways and the Smashing Pumpkins. Their fans are so dedicated, they’ve even been known to get tattoos of the band’s lyrics and logo. When you listen to their new single, ‘Lightspeed,’ their continued success and their fans’ adoration seems completely natural.

The song throbs with energy and there’s so much passion behind singer Sam McTrusty’s vocals that it gives the song a defiant edge. What really strikes me about this song is how authentic it feels, due in large part to the “vocals dripping with gorgeous Scottish vowels.” McTrusty says on their website that the song is about “a kind of togetherness, and us being determined not to give up.”  The way each of the parts, from the drums to the vocals to the guitar, is so powerful while at the same time perfectly in balance really adds to this sense of togetherness. It almost feels like a rallying cry for the band. If they were a football club, this is the song they’d blast before heading out onto the pitch. “Together [they] might just move as fast as light,” so consider yourself lucky that you heard of them before they became massive.

Check out the video for ‘Lightspeed’ below:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3njDN2UpRfY[/youtube]

‘Vivarium,’ the mini-album from which ‘Lightspeed’ is taken, is available now. The ‘Lightspeed’ single will be released on 1st March 2010. Twin Atlantic will be playing a series of dates in the UK (see their website) before embarking on a North American tour in March and April 2010.

 
 
 

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