Twin Atlantic

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Twin Atlantic
Sam McTrusty Twin Atlantic 2012 Viper Room.jpg
Singer/Guitarist Sam McTrusty at The Viper Room, 2012
Background information
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Years active 2007–present
Labels Red Bull Records
Members Sam McTrusty
Barry McKenna
Ross McNae
Craig Kneale

Twin Atlantic are a Scottish alternative rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. They have released four albums: Vivarium, Free, Great Divide and GLA. Their highest charting singles are "Heart and Soul" and "Brothers and Sisters" from the album "Great Divide" released in 2015. On 2 June 2016 Annie Mac premiered "No Sleep" as the Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1 [2] and announced their new album titled "GLA", subsequently released on 9 September 2016.


Formation, A Guidance from Colour (2000–08)[edit]

Twin Atlantic formed in February 2000. All members previously played in other small local bands. During 2007 they built up a strong reputation both locally and nationally. Twin Atlantic 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.[citation needed] Over the following months, they also supported American acts The Matches, Blink-182, Finch and Say Anything on their respective UK tours.

In mid-2008, Twin Atlantic played many festivals in Scotland, including T in the Park, Belladrum Festival, Wickerman Festival, RockNess, Live at Loch Lomond and Connect Music Festival.

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.

Vivarium (2009–10)[edit]

In March 2009, Twin Atlantic released their debut mini-album Vivarium.[3] 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 the 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 played at the sold-out Belsonic festival in Belfast on 28 August 2010 supporting Biffy Clyro.[4]

On 21 October 2010, the band announced, via their Facebook page, that they would be supporting My Chemical Romance for three upcoming dates.[5]

Free (2011–13)[edit]

Twin Atlantic finished recording their album, Free, and it was released on 29 April 2011 in the Republic of Ireland and 2 May 2011 in the United Kingdom.[6] The album's first single was "Edit Me", released on 14 February.[7]

Second single "Free" was first played on BBC Radio 1 on the Zane Lowe show between 7pm & 9pm on 10 March[citation needed]. The third single released was "Time For You To Stand Up" on 11 July,[8] with "Cherry Slut" and "Babylonian Throwdown" as B-sides. On 26 September, a fourth single was released from the album; "Make A Beast Of Myself", including the B-side "Your Amazing Lying, Lion, Lie In".

In the summer of 2012, the band was on the Vans Warped Tour. Twin Atlantic also supported Blink-182 again in some venues on their UK tour alongside The All-American Rejects.

A remix of their single, "Free" was used for the closing of the Discovery Channel's coverage of the 2012 Red Bull Stratos space jump by Felix Baumgartner.

Their song "Crash Land" was featured in the British film Not Another Happy Ending in 2013.

Great Divide (2014–15)[edit]

Twin Atlantic released their album Great Divide in August 2014. In February 2014, Twin Atlantic joined Thirty Seconds to Mars on the second part of their European Arena tour.

On 31 March 2014 Zane Lowe premiered "Heart and Soul" as the Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1.[9][10] The track won the award for 'Best Independent Track' at the 2014 Association of Independent Music Awards.

On 23 April 2014 the band's third studio album Great Divide was announced, with a release date of 18 August 2014. Pre-orders of the album were also made available on this day.[11]

On 30 October 2014 Craig confirmed that Twin Atlantic will be embarking on another UK Tour in April 2015, announcing a headline show at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, their largest headline show to date. He added that he would like to appear at more festivals, but seemed uncertain of the possibilities of doing so after such recent performances at Reading and Leeds 4 years running.[12]

During the summer of 2015, the band performed at several European festivals including Glastonbury Festival and hometown T in the Park festival at the new site at Strathallan Castle. The band headlined the BBC Radio 1 Stage on Saturday at T in the Park 2015. The band concluded their album campaign at Reading and Leeds Festival in August 2015.

The last single from the album campaign was "Fall Into The Party", the official video included highlights of last 18 months promoting the album at several gigs, festivals, and their massive headline show at The SSE Hydro.

The band were nominated as finalists for Best Live Act 2015 by the Association of Independent Music.

Twin Atlantic were named 'Best UK Band' at the 2016 SSE Scottish Music Awards [13]

GLA (2016–present)[edit]

Twin Atlantic released their fourth studio album 'GLA' on 9 September 2016. New tracks from the album "Gold Elephant: Cherry Alligator" and "No Sleep" were released on 3 June. Annie Mac premiered "No Sleep" as the Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1. On 7 July 2016 Zane Lowe premiered the track "Ex El" on his Beats 1 radio show. The second single from the album "The Chaser" was then premiered by Annie Mac on Thursday 18 August 2016 on BBC Radio 1. The album was produced by Jacknife Lee in Los Angeles. GLA is the airport code for the band's hometown, Glasgow. They made their BBC National TV debut on Later..._with_Jools_Holland on October 4, 2016 performing three songs "No Sleep", "The Chaser" and "Ex El."



Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications

2009 Vivarium 148 28
2011 Free
  • Released: 29 April 2011
  • Label: Red Bull Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
37 5 4 BPI: Silver[15]
2014 Great Divide
  • Released: 18 August 2014
  • Label: Red Bull Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 1 1 77
2016 GLA
  • Released: 9 September 2016
  • Label: Red Bull Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 3 -
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.


Name Format Release date
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?"
2009 "Lightspeed" Vivarium
"You're Turning Into John Wayne"
"What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?" (re-release) 18
2010 "Human After All"
2011 "Edit Me" Free
"Time for You to Stand Up"
"Make a Beast of Myself"
"Free" (re-release) 99 2 29
2012 "Make a Beast of Myself" (re-release) 2
"Yes, I Was Drunk" 9
2014 "Heart and Soul"[18] 17 1 35 Great Divide
"Brothers and Sisters" 47 1
"Hold On"
2015 "Oceans"
"Fall Into the Party"
2016 "No Sleep" 15 GLA
"—" denotes a title that did not chart


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  2. ^ Maine, Sammy. "NME: Twin Atlantic to play secret show in Glasgow tomorrow". Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Twin Atlantic Biography | Twin Atlantic". Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ "August 2010 - Custom House Square, Belfast". Belsonic. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  5. ^ McKinlay, Fiona (2010-11-17). "DiS meets My Chemical Romance: "It's hard to stay dirty" / In Depth // Drowned In Sound". Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Twin Atlantic Recording Debut Album With Gil Norton | News | Rock Sound". Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  7. ^ "Twin Atlantic Announce Debut Album Title | News | Rock Sound". Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  8. ^ "'Time For You To Stand Up' Released Today. | Twin Atlantic". Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  9. ^ Hawkins, Sam. "AdTech Ad Listen: Twin Atlantic Return With New Single, 'Heart And Soul'". Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Twin Atlantic [@twinatlantic] (8 September 2013). "Branching out on the new album with some Dub Sing Alongs. It'll be all the rage in 2014. @ CaVa Studios" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  11. ^ "Twin Atlantic set release date for much anticipated third album". Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Craig Kneale @ Leeds Beckett University
  13. ^ "Twin Atlantic named Best UK Band at SSE Scottish Music Awards". Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
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  15. ^ "'British Phonographic Industry certifications, Twin Atlantic 'Free' certified Silver in the UK for sales of over 60,000 units.'". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
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  17. ^ Official Charts Company - TWIN ATLANTIC Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  18. ^ "Future Releases on Alternative Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. 

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