Twin Atlantic are sort of a big deal.
Forming in 2007, the band, comprising of Sam McTrusty, Barry McKenna, Ross McNae and Craig Kneale, have taken a page out of fellow Scots Biffy Clyro’s book and have tackled every rung of the ladder to get to the stage where they can fill an arena of 13,000. It’s really no surprise as to how they got to this level though, as shown by their stunning performance on Saturday.
As soon as frontman McTrusty struts on stage, after Bohemian Rhapsody had played beforehand as per Twin tradition, the crowd went predictably mental. “It’s great to be home” he shouts before belting out opening song Make A Beast Of Myself from their 2011 sophmore album Free. This track perfectly highlights the band’s rock pop sound which, while not totally original, screams passion and leaves the audience hungry for more.
One problem I’ve always had with the Hydro is the sound and atmosphere, something that makes the venue a bit less formidable to local competition like King Tuts. This should be expected of a venue as big as the Hydro though Twin managed to work their way around this problem and outperform themselves, putting the gig well above their 2014 Barrowlands gig. Every band that performs in the hydro from now on has a new level of quality to surpass. However this didn’t mean there wasn’t a few cliches, one of which was the Hydro classic “turn the lights off and make the crowd turn their phone flash-lights on”. Maybe it’s just me that finds it annoying but if anything it’s a tiny nitpick that didn’t take away from the experience.
Despite this, the gig couldn’t have went better. A highlight for me was We Want Better Man, a song so unapologetically patriotic that it might as well be called the Alex Salmond Anthem. When the crowd yelled “here is the handle, now get a fucking grip” in unison, it sent a shiver down my spine. Even some of the new tracks off last year’s The Great Divide like Fall Into The Party showed their worth, the crowd giving back the same love that Twin were giving out on stage. What Is Light, Where Is Laughter also made an appearance, showing that the band still acknowledge their early days, although a few more tracks off Vivarium wouldn’t have went amiss.
This Hydro gig can be described simply as an emotional homecoming. As the crowd sang along to the tearjerker track Crash Land, Sam McTrusty complimented the crowd saying “And that’s why you’re the fucking greatest city in the world.” A city well renown for its music scene, Twin Atlantic are definitely a success story that deserve all the praise they get. With festival season approaching, the rest of the world should prepare themselves for this powerhouse act.