Glaswegians Twin Atlantic who formed in 2006 have been building a reputation as one of Scotland’s/UK’s finest live bands. Made up of Sam McTrusty (guitar and vocals), Ross McNae (bass, keyboards, backing vocals) Craig Neale (drums and backing vocals) and Barry McKenna (lead guitar, keyboards and backing vocals). “Power” is the bands 5th studio album, their first since “GLA” which was released back in 2016. To promote the album the band set out to play a number of intimate shows before heading out on their main UK tour.
When I saw these intimate album release shows announced, this night was the one I had to see. There’s something special about a beloved band coming home to celebrate a new milestone. Surrounded by friends, family and a crowd ready for a bit of two-way banter the band were in their element.
This was the second show of the night which meant the band were already warmed up and ready to go. They tore into a set that was mostly compiled of the new albums material with the fan favourites sprinkled in on the fly. By the end of the third song McTrusty (what a name by the way) had already been in the crowd twice, probably saying hello to a few neighbors.
King Tut’s is a legendary venue that holds a special place in every music-loving Glaswegians heart. A small venue that has a huge atmosphere, at one point you would have thought even the walks were singing back every word.
It hit another level when the band pulled out songs like “Crash land” and “Heart and Soul”. McTrusty dedicating the former to the families of Ross and Craig, while he called out his sister for leaving during the latter. I usually wear earplugs at gigs these days to save my hearing as much as possible but they came out during these songs. A packed room screaming the words back to a band with smiles from ear to ear would give anyone goosebumps. This is what live music is about.
The new album “Power” is packed full of post-rock pop anthems, with the crowd already singing back every word of the lead single “Barcelona“. Twin Atlantic will be heading out on their main tour in March.
Check out tour dates and ticket info here.