There’s no doubt that if you’re interested in the Scottish or wider British rock scene, you’ll be familiar with Twin Atlantic. A formidable powerhouse of a band from Glasgow, their six albums since 2009 have progressed through a variety of genres, but they have never strayed from the emotionally charged vocals and energetic guitar riffs they are known for. .
This year, the band released a new song in January 2022, more than 18 months after the release of their last album Transparency, and now they’re back on the road, with a variety of dates in small, intimate venues outside of big cities. Traveling across the UK.
For a band that has achieved so much recognition, and that has supported people like Muse on tour, the choice to choose such small venues is surprising. They can easily fill a space more than double the size. However, when the band came to Chineries on Southend’s seafront this week, they didn’t let the small setting limit their pounding energy in a pristine live set.
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Jumping on stage and launching into a catchy, fast riff stuck in the car with you, the band immediately set the scene for what was to come; Crisp, sophisticated guitar sounds, a thick bass line, crunchy drums and lead singer Sam McTrusty’s vocals find their voice amongst the well-balanced wall of sound.
What happened next felt like a triumph of all that the band had done, with songs from all six albums played during the nearly 80-minute set. slow favorite make yourself an animal And forks, I was drunk Gets the whole crowd singing along with a thunderous chorus – and despite being hundreds of miles away in Essex, the crowd sings in a Scottish accent.
This is one of the Twin Atlantic’s endearing qualities; They are famously, fiercely Scottish. Sam McTrusty’s vocals bring emotion and raw power, but his accent is so dense that anyone wishing to sing along with him needs to adopt his accent. It was a thing of beauty to see it live.
During a lull between songs, Sam explains how the fan right in front of him knows the band well, as she attends “all” of their shows – and it turns out she’s from right here in Essex. Sam tells him, “Sorry it took us so long to arrive.” The fan replied “Now is the time!” Generating enthusiasm from the crowd.
The second half of the set features a fan favorite, partly acoustic song. crash land From the band’s second album Free, which features every single fan in the room singing all the verses and choruses, as well as the loudest “We’re f***ed” scream ever heard in a music venue . When Sam sang the song’s title within the lyrics, a boisterous member of the bar staff threw a bottle into the trash, almost derailing the song due to the band laughing so loudly.
Bring it home, big hitter Brothers & Sisters And barcelona around the set, and heavy, boisterous riffs and chants without sleep This was the tipping point for a swamp to burst just in front of the stage. concluding with a passionate live rendition of heart and soul, Twin Atlantic left the venue enthusiastically and completely satisfied. No doubt everyone in the room would have stayed for another hour or two – myself included.