Live Review

Twin Atlantic, Brixton Academy, London

7th April 2015

The band’s jubilance tears through the room.

As they take on Brixton Academy tonight, Twin Atlantic are showing no sign of slowing down. From the jaunty leap of ‘Make A Beast Of Myself’ to the rumbling thrash of ‘Heart And Soul’, the Glaswegian four-piece put their flags in the ground and stake tonight as their own.

If the band’s last headline tour was a defiant parade of their second album ‘Great Divide’, tonight celebrates all the band is. ‘Fall Into The Party’ rattles with realised potential while ‘What Is Light, Where Is Laughter’ from 2009’s ‘Vivarium’ sounds like it was written for tonight, all pulsating sparkle and jagged hooks. It has grown into an arena-bothering anthem, as have the band who penned it all those years ago.

Amid all the festival-ready songs of unity and off-kilter rock twists, it’s Twin Atlantic themselves who are tonight’s highlight. Finally at ease with where they find themselves, the four-piece lead the room in assured fashion and at the front of the charge is Sam McTrusty, a man who relishes this control. From the twinkling delivery of ‘Apocalyptic Renegade’ to his spinning call and response demand of ‘I Am An Animal’ that sees the crowd bend to his every wish, Sam is a formidable, persistent force.

From Sam’s audible laugh at the start, through Craig Kneale’s mid-song photo from atop his drum kit to Ross McNae’s beaming grin as balloons rain down from the balcony at the evening’s close, Twin Atlantic’s jubilance tears through the room.

Before the ever-poignant ‘Crash Land’ Sam addresses the excitable crowd, “Thank you for giving us a chance” he says. It’s a chance Twin Atlantic grabbed and ran with. Eight years later, and there’s no end in sight.

Photos: Sarah Louise Bennett

Tags: Twin Atlantic, Reviews, Live Reviews

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