LIVE REVIEW: Twin Atlantic

Twin Atlantic
Support: Nothing But Thieves, The Xcerts
Barrowlands, Glasgow, 25/10/14

It’s not often that the Twin Atlantic boys get the chance to perform in front of their home crowd, so when they do it’s clear that they take every opportunity to embrace it while on stage.

Saturday night was no exception. The Glaswegian band rocked the stage two nights in a row at the Barrowlands with vocalist, Sam McTrusty, reminding the crowd that this was their fifth time headlining the famous Glasgow venue.

There was a buzz in the air as support bands Nothing But Thieves and The Xcerts took to the stage, but as the latter closed their set the crowd were getting rowdy and were more than ready for the main act of the evening.

Rocking what appeared to be a white rain coat, McTrusty and his band mates opened the 20-track set with the slow-paced The Ones That I Love, following up with the much more energetic Hold On, the band’s next single. The crowd went crazy during tracks The Ghost of Eddie and Cell Mate, a reminder that these boys know how to rock and roll.

All 12 songs from their latest album, Great Divide were played along with a number of fan favourites from the 2011 album Free, including Make a Beast of Myself, Yes I Was Drunk, Crash Land and Edit Me. Only one song was played from the 2009 debut album Vivarium, but fans sang along to What Is Light? Where Is Laughter? with just as much passion. A rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ was also incorporated into the set much to McTrusty’s sisters embarrassment.

There aren’t many artists who sound exactly the same live, if not better, than they do on a recorded album, but Twin Atlantic are one of those in that small minority. McTrusty’s distinguishably Scottish vocals were incredible and the adoration he had for playing in front of the band’s hometown was clear on his face as the crow belted out lyrics to songs both old and new.

The show closed with an encore of three tracks from Great Divide. The slower paced Oceans, which was then followed by the much-loved leading singles Brothers and Sisters and Heart and Soul. It was definitely a night to remember.


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