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
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
Years active2007–present
MembersSam 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 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 GLA, subsequently released on 9 September 2016.


Formation, A Guidance from Colour (2006–08)[edit]

Twin Atlantic formed in 2006. 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 first single, "Audience & Audio", on 24 December 2007 and debut EP on 14 January 2008.

Building on support from Kerrang! and a loyal fan base, 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, 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]

Following a sold-out show at Glasgow's ABC, they landed the dream slot of supporting Blink-182 on their reunion tour in Scotland in August 2010.

On 21 October 2010, the band announced, 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 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.

Twin Atlantic did a four date tour in support of the album, playing Brixton Academy in London and they sold out their hometown show at Glasgow's SSE Hydro.

During the summer of 2015, the band performed at several festivals including Glastonbury Festival and 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. They 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 the previous 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.[11]

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. They gave fans the opportunity to be involved in the music video, which was shot in Buff Club in Glasgow, the club where they played their first gig together.

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 4 October 2016 performing three songs "No Sleep", "The Chaser" and "Ex El".

They then embarked on several tours in support of the album, taking them around the UK and Europe, including a run of three nights at the renowned Barrowland Ballroom in their native Glasgow.

As of September 2017, Twin Atlantic were writing new music, which they hoped to release shortly thereafter.[12]



Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications



Vivarium 28 148 21
  • Released: 29 April 2011
  • Label: Red Bull Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 37 5 1
Great Divide
  • Released: 18 August 2014
  • Label: Red Bull Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 77 6 2 1
  • Released: 9 September 2016
  • Label: Red Bull Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3 167 9 2 1
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.


Title Album details
A Guidance from Colour
  • Released: 14 January 2008
  • Label: Staple Diet Records
  • Formats: CD, DL
Finch + Twin Atlantic Split EP
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Red Bull Records
  • Formats: CD, DL


Title Year Peak chart positions Album





"Audience and Audio" 2007 A Guidance from Colour
"What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?" 2008 Non-album single
"Lightspeed" 2009 Vivarium
"What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?" (re-release) 43 35 18
"You're Turning Into John Wayne"
"Human After All" 2010
"Edit Me" 2011 Free
"Free" 43 99 13 2 29
"Time for You to Stand Up"
"Make a Beast of Myself" 58 129 9 2
"Yes, I Was Drunk" 2012 32 9
"Heart and Soul" 2014 4 14 17 2 1 35 Great Divide
"Brothers and Sisters" 9 47 3 1
"Hold On" 34
"Oceans" 2015
"Fall Into the Party"
"No Sleep" 2016 54 [A] 39 15 GLA
"Gold Elephant: Cherry Alligator"
"Ex El"
"The Chaser"
"—" denotes a title that did not chart


  1. ^ "No Sleep" did not enter the Ultratop chart, but peaked at number 35 on the Ultratip chart.


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  19. ^ Peak chart position on the UK Rock Albums Chart:
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  21. ^ Peak chart position on the Scottish Singles Chart:
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  26. ^ Peak chart position on the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart:
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