Twin Atlantic released their new record on the 9th September, and on the 16th September it became their second consecutive UK Top Ten album, sliding in at number 9. The record is a triumph for a band who have made a decision on a sound and stuck to it. A clear progression from their last record Great Divide, the band have taken a step away from the pop sound they were flirting with and taken a leap down the British/Scottish rock route. I’d suggest that this record takes it’s sound much more from the early Biffy Clyro records than the scene occupied by the likes of Lower Than Atlantis and Don Broco. Ex El is a kick-ass rock song with a big chorus, Missing Link powers through in an exciting fashion that doesn’t let up and if Whispers isn’t released as the next single I’ll be shocked! But the band really come into their own on Gold Elephant, Cherry Alligator which is a classic blast of rock and roll whilst sounding utterly fresh, The Chaser which is a party anthem that’s going to get every crowd they play to dancing and closing track Mothertongue which is a soft and yet epic closer to the album. No Sleep is the best track the band have written yet.
This Scottish band have looked to their roots when making this album and it’s sure payed off, with a totally re-invented style and sound. While it may not be an intentional shot at the big leagues, the uniquness of this record might be what it takes to carry Twin Atlantic onwards and upwards towards the upper echelons of the British Rock Scene. This summer they headlined their first festival, and I certainly don’t think it’ll be their last!
Standout Tracks: No Sleep, The Chaser, Valhalla
FFO: Biffy Clyro, Pulled Apart By Horses, Future of the Left
Catch Twin Atlantic touring the UK This October, and in Glasgow this December, with Pulled Apart By Horses and Fangclub.