While it’s doubtful Sam McTrusty could get away with an audience actually believing him should they cover ‘Born in the USA’, Twin Atlantic have made no secret of their love for big, bombastic American rock. Here, they’ve given us a taste of the stars and stripes, from Queens of the Stone Age to Ray Charles, via Haim, Bright Eyes - and, of course, Bruce Springsteen. Just don’t tell them M83 are French.
“Here are twelve songs that either bring back memories of American tours we’ve been on in the past, or tracks that describe the feeling of travelling across that vast landscape. Some are there simply because we happened to be listening to a certain album whilst we were playing over there, and hearing a certain track now takes us back to that time.
“For instance, Death Cab For Cutie’s ‘Transatlanticism’ was a song we were listening to a lot the first time Twin Atlantic came to America. We played at SXSW in 2009 and then travelled all the way from Austin, Texas to Los Angeles to record our first album. The trip took three days and the excitement we felt about being that far from home doing something we loved is a feeling we’ll never forget. That track reminds us of the vast expanses of desert we crossed working our way through Texas, which was a totally alien landscape to us at the time. Roads that went straight for hours without anything around you changing. The track is very open and it kind of fitted the scene perfectly.
The Band Of Horses track ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ is a song we liked long before we’d even been over the water. Personally, that band have always sounded to me like a band that writes all their songs on the road - and it sounds like music that could have come from nowhere else but America. It’s been covered loads of times, but to me their version sounds like a travelling song about someone missing a loved one.”
Foster The People - Best Friend
Queens Of The Stone Age - I Sat By The Ocean
M83 - Midnight City
Band Of Horses - No One’s Gonna Love You
Bright Eyes - Poison Oak
Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
Jackson Browne - The Road
Haim - The Wire
Kings Of Leon - Don’t Matter
The Doors - Roadhouse Blues
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind