ARMS-aloft anthems with instantly-catchy choruses and refrains that beg to be howled back dominate Glaswegian band, Twin Atlantic’s second album, Great Divide, which is inspired by the band watching their own fans and from sharing stages with the likes of Springsteen and Foo Fighters.
“Our aim was always to make songs this size,” says the band's frontman Sam McTrusty, on the eve of a tour which takes in Tyneside. “Coming from a punk rock background, it took a while – we like to say we went the scenic route. But it was the right route for us, full of interesting stops on which we learnt a lot – about ourselves, about each other, about how to make music that connects with fans which is always honest, never forced.”
“We’ve been through our punk rock rebellion phase and come out the other side,” says McTrusty. “We’ve all grown up being in this band. Dare I say it, we’re finally fully-formed adults. Since Free, some of us have got married and bought our own places and I’ve spent time in Canada because my girlfriend lives there. When the four of us got back together to work on this album, there was no argument. With our own lives sorted, it was easier to see the point of the songs and how we wanted them to sound.”
- O2 Academy, Newcastle – October 29. Box Office: 0191-260-2020