|Genres||Alternative rock, progressive rock|
|Labels||Red Bull Records|
Twin Atlantic is an alternative rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. The band is composed of Sam McTrusty (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Barry McKenna (lead guitar, cello, backing vocals), Ross McNae (bass guitar, piano, backing vocals) and Craig Kneale (drums, percussion, backing vocals). They have released two albums: Vivarium and Free.
Twin Atlantic joined the social networking site Twitter under the name @twinatlantic in April 2012 and as of October 2013 have over 61,000 followers.
Formation, A Guidance From Colour (2007–2008)
Twin Atlantic formed in February 2007. All members previously played in other small local bands. During 2007 they built up a strong reputation both locally and nationally. A Celtic F.C. following group, they supported Circa Survive and mewithoutYou before recording their debut EP A Guidance From Colour at Long Wave Studio in Cardiff with producer Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, Kids In Glass Houses, The Blackout). This culminated in the release of their debut EP on 14 January 2008 and their first single, "Audience & Audio", on 24 December 2007.
Building on support from Kerrang!, the band's profile was boosted enough for them to land support slots with Biffy Clyro and they were personally chosen by Jimmy Chamberlin to support Smashing Pumpkins at Glasgow's SECC in early February. Over the following months, they also supported American acts The Matches, Blink-182, Finch and Say Anything on their respective UK tours.
The band signed a single deal with King Tut's Recordings, and "What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?" was released on 29 September 2008. They also completed a joint headline tour of Scotland with The Xcerts and their first set of solo headline dates across the UK.
In March 2009, Twin Atlantic released their debut mini-album Vivarium. They released the lead single "Lightspeed" as a free download from their website on 29 July 2009, with a bonus acoustic version of the track also available. The follow-up single "You're Turning Into John Wayne" was released on 7 September 2009, with the mini-album released a week later.
On 7 March 2009, they played a sold out gig at Queen Margaret Union (QMU).
The band toured extensively in 2009 and 2010, having played Download Festival, Guilfest, T in the Park, Sonisphere and Belladrum over the summer of 2009, including supporting Taking Back Sunday on a tour of UK and Ireland in July 2009. This continued into a full tour of the UK in September and then the United States with The Fall of Troy and Envy On The Coast in March and April 2010. In June 2010, Twin Atlantic supported The Gaslight Anthem on their British mini-tour and on 7 August 2010 they played at the Hevy Music Festival.
Twin Atlantic finished recording their new album, Free, and it was released on April 29, 2011 in the Republic of Ireland and May 2, 2011 in the United Kingdom. The album's first single was "Edit Me", released on February 14.
Second single "Free" was first played on BBC Radio 1 on the Zane Lowe show between 7 pm & 9 pm on March 10. The third single released was "Time For You To Stand Up" on the 11th of July, with "Cherry Slut" and "Babylonian Throwdown" as B-sides. On the 26th of September, a fourth single was released from the album; "Make A Beast Of Myself", including the B-side "Your Amazing Lying, Lion, Lie In".
The band are currently recording their new album due to be released at some point in 2014.
- Sam McTrusty – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Barry McKenna – lead guitar, cello, keyboards, backing vocals
- Ross McNae – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
- Craig Kneale – drums, percussion, backing vocals
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|2011||Free||37||5||—||BPI - Silver|
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart.|
|A Guidance From Colour||CD / digital download||14 January 2008|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2007||"Audience And Audio"||—||—||—||non-album singles|
|2008||"What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?"||—||—||—|
|"You're Turning Into John Wayne"||—||—||—|
|"What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?" (re-release)||—||—||—|
|2010||"Human After All"||—||—||—|
|"Time For You To Stand Up"||—||—||—|
|"Make A Beast Of Myself"||—||—||—|
|2012||"Make A Beast Of Myself" (re-release)||143||—||—|
|"Yes, I Was Drunk"||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart|
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