Twin Atlantic talk up their return to Manchester in May
Saturday 14th March 2015 @ 15:00 by Max Wieland

For a band from Glasgow, you would be forgiven for thinking that Twin Atlantic are in fact four Mancunians born and bred, such is their track record around the city.

ON THE UP: Twin Atlantic return to Manchester following the release of their third album in August 2014.

ON THE UP: Twin Atlantic return to Manchester following the release of their third album in August 2014.

That is until you hear any of the band speak, or lead singer Sam McTrusty sing for that matter.

But with that aside, they have toured their way around Manchester’s pubs and clubs, from playing to ten people at the Roadhouse, to a few more at the Night and Day Café before finishing up to a few thousand last October when they ripped their way through their second ever Academy 1 show.

Often found in the cities Big Hands bar when performing in town – near to the Academy buildings – the Scottish four-piece have now instead set their sights on Manchester’s hottest new venue.

“It’s like our new album was made for the Albert Hall,” said Ross McNae, bassist and co-founder of Twin Atlantic.

“We obviously wanted to play somewhere new in the city and soon as we saw pictures of Albert Hall we immediately thought YES, let’s go there because it looks like a stunning venue.

“To us Manchester’s always somewhere where we’ve felt at home, and that’s always nice, it’s always great to get that feeling. For us its similar in many ways to being back home in Glasgow, the outlook of people, a similar vibe runs through the city and we’re always made to feel welcome from the fans so it’s great to be touring the record one last time before the festival season starts, it’s basically our last chance to have a big party and celebrate the record altogether with the people that have been with us from the very beginning.”

Latest album Great Divide

Latest album Great Divide has seen many a new fan flock to the Glasgow rockers shows, hence the bigger venues Twin Atlantic are now gracing.

Written in the back of tour buses, late at night, after Twin Atlantic had stepped off yet another festival stage is evident from first listen. Addictive, arms-aloft anthems with instantly catchy choruses and refrains that beg to be howled back dominate the Glaswegian band’s glorious second album. Bristling with energy and oozing optimism, Great Divide is a rock record with widescreen ambition, inspired by the band watching their own fans and from sharing stages with the likes of Springsteen and Foo Fighters.

“Our aim was always to make songs this size,” says Twin Atlantic singer Sam McTrusty. “Coming from a punk rock background, it took a while – we like to say we went the scenic route. But it was the right route for us, full of interesting stops on which we learnt a lot – about ourselves, about each other, about how to make music that connects with fans which is always honest, never forced.”

Formed in 2007 when McTrusty and McNae, a friend from school, joined forces with drummer Craig Kneale and lead guitarist and occasional cello player Barry McKenna.  All four had been in previous bands on the Glasgow scene. They bonded over a shared love of alternative rock, punk-pop and the city’s skate and street art scene, as well as a determination to make music their day jobs. Their ferocious shows soon saw them booked to support Smashing Pumpkins, Biffy Clyro and their teen idols Blink 182.

And in what was a phenomenal 2014 for Twin Atlantic with Great Divide debuting at number 6 in the UK Chart, three Radio 1 playlisted singles and Heart and Soul winning ‘Best Indie Single’ at the AIM Awards, over 20 million YouTube views and millions of streams on Spotify, Twin Atlantic are about to embark on their biggest headline shows to date in May, starting in the UK with Manchester’s Albert Hall.

ALBERT HALL: Awaits for the Glaswegian four-piece in May.

ALBERT HALL: Awaits for the Glaswegian four-piece in May.

“We’ve been growing slowly and surely, this record from the word go has been a success,” said McNae.

“Everyone at the shows has been in to it but we have been doing so many things like radio and TV that we have not given our fans that much of an opportunity to see us, so we wanted to put that right before the summertime.

“It should be a cracking start in May before the icing on the cake in the summer at places like T in the Park.

“We’ve still got some big things still to be announced and hopefully we’ll have some new music out this year because we’re not a band who like to keep playing the same things, there definitely won’t be a bigger gap in between albums like last time.”

With new music and festival announcements imminent, this could well be the only chance fans will have of seeing Twin Atlantic play at Manchester’s Albert Hall.

Tickets available for Tuesday 5 May here.

Twin Atlantic are: Sam McTrusty – Lead Vocals & Guitar, Ross McNae – Bass, Piano & Vocals, Barry McKenna – Guitar, Cello & Vocals, Craig Kneale – Drums & Vocals.