On September 9th 2016 Twin Atlantic unleashed a ferociously rock ‘n’ roll album entitled GLA. It was named in honour of Glasgow, the bands home town and the city that shaped them as people and as musicians. So, when it came to their UK tour last year, we swiftly booked flights to see them in the only place it made sense to.
It was a decision that made much more sense than it seems to. As frontman Sam McTrusty explained on the night: “There’s some sort of connection between Dublin and Glasgow. I get the same feeling here as when I’m at home.”
So on December 10th 2016 the Scottish four-piece took to the stage at the Dublin Academy to party with their extended Irish family, celebrate their now ten-year-career, and even debut two new songs from that tenacious fourth album.
First track of the night, the explosive Gold Elephant : Cherry Alligator, launched a hat-trick of new songs including The Chaser which, with its gritty-yet-glam-rock tone is bound to be a festival anthem on the circuit this summer.
Before long the band were harking back to 2011 with Edit Me, crowd favourite Free and Yes, I was Drunk as well as making a pit stop in 2009, to play Human After All. The latter is even more lucidly carnal live than recorded and only topped in its amatory nature by Valhalla, which had its live debut here in Dublin.
The 2014 album, Great Divide, offered Twin Atlantic a bigger platform and led them to play Glasgow’s Hydro Arena, close the NME stage at Reading and Leeds Festival 2015 and headline 2000 Tree’s Festival last year. Yet tonight only four songs were played from the album that reached #6 in the UK charts and only from the half way mark at that.
The riotous Fall into the Party was played ninth in the eighteen track set, followed much later by Hold On, Heart and Soul and Brothers and Sisters.
It’s a sure sign that things have changed for the four-piece who certainly seem to be relying much more on their true influences and intention to do just exactly what they want.
Why shouldn’t they? Twin Atlantic are a truly self-made band who have been winning over crowds for ten
whole years. Even tonight, with a guitar down and momentary stage silence, Sam McTrusty had Dublin on his side with a simply charismatic: “How do stand-ups do this shit?”
They have the experience and toned intuition to know what gets a crowd going but, more importantly, they understand what kind of music they want to make and what, from the past decade, they want to carry in to their future.
Just look at the crowd tonight, or any night for that matter, when the hypnotic lull of Crash Land rings out from the stage. It will never get old.
The set closed on the brash note of No Sleep and a now signatory dose of crowd surfing. It was enough to leave a raucous after taste and ensured this whole crowd would be back to party again when Twin Atlantic set out on another UK tour this May.
TWIN ATLANTIC WILL TOUR THE UK IN MAY. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.