#liveformusic – Twin Atlantic


Twin Atlantic

Scotland's biggest musical export - here's looking at you, Biffy Clyro - Twin Atlantic are back and with a new album to shake our summer up.

After a busy start to the year – the band supported Thirty Seconds To Mars on the second leg of their European Arena Tour – you’d forgive the four piece for taking a bit of a breather. But oh no, 2014 is set to be their year. Back in March Zane Lowe premiered single ‘Heart And Soul’ as his the Hottest Record In The World (a common occurrence with our #liveformusic bands it would seem) and album number three was announced back in April. Titled Great Divide and released via Red Bull Records, it’s been three years since previous release Free, and we can’t wait to hear what the band have been working on.

And whilst lead single ‘Heart And Soul’ has been the bands biggest hit yet, new release ‘Brothers And Sisters’ is set to smash that, although reaching number 17 in the UK chart is certainly something to write home about.

Twin Atlantic – made up of Sam McTrusty, Barry McKenna, Ross McNae and Craig Kneale – are passionate what they do and where they’re from. Having recently played T In The Park – and just before the iconic festival moves on to pastures new – McTrusty has spoken fondly of the festival, saying it’s an “honour” to be playing their “home town festival”.

“This is the festival we used to save up our money to buy tickets for.If you’re in a band and you hope that one day you could play T In The Park, never give up. It happens.”

Because at the heart of Twin Atlantic is a band that are loving every minute of living their dreams, and 2014 has played a big part in that; the band also played Glastonbury and with Kings Of Leon at Milton Keynes. Talk about ticking things off the bucket list.

“It is the biggest and probably most famous festival in the world so it’s an honour to be asked to play our songs and be a part of it all. Being there this weekend is a massive achievement for us and will feel very special tonight.”

“We’ve been waiting for years and it falling within a week of playing Milton Keynes bowl with Kings of Leon makes it all the more surreal.

“This will be a historic moment for the band.”

Historic indeed. But Twin Atlantic best get used to such dizzying heights if their impending release is anything to go by. An important release both commercially and personally, McTrusty has spoken about just how special Great Divide is:

“Brothers and Sisters has been with our band for quite some time. It was the first song that was written for our new album while touring America with our last album. It has become the keystone that everything else has been built around. It’s a note to myself, written at a time when I felt separate from myself. Almost a tourist in my own life.

“The anticipation that is building is almost too much to handle. Sitting on this album feels like every Christmas and birthday in our lives has been rolled into one.”

On Marshall, Sam said: “My main amps for the new album and touring is the Bluesbreaker combo and the 1987x Plexi head – I’ve never played anything so clear sounding with depth, body and a class tone which delivers the power I need”

Great Divide is out on the 18th of August.

Check out Sam McTrusty’s rig out here