Twin Atlantic

Having only found out I was going to see Twin Atlantic just 7 hours before the doors opened, ‘excited’ was quite the understatement. Standing in the super-cold queue outside Wulfrun Hall, I decided to do a bit of digging on the old Twitter and see who would be giving their support to the mighty Scots. Without a doubt, I was in for a right treat! Me and Lower Than Atlantis were to take to the stage and it was pretty clear it was going to be one daym good night.

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I first saw ME back in January supporting Panic at the Disco in Birmingham, so I was looking forward to seeing how this gig would live up to the one I’d seen previously. This alternative 4 piece from Melbourne, Australia, certainly got the crowd warmed up with their opening song ‘Hoo Ha’ – giving just a taster of what was to come. Singer and keys player Luke Ferris has a distinct voice with a vocal range that I least expected when I first saw them live. However I found myself recognising their songs nearly 4 months after first seeing them, so they must be doing something right!

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This band seem to be going from strength to strength here in the UK having supported Panic At The Disco and Twin Atlantic and not forgetting their upcoming support for The Xcerts as well as other own gigs around the UK. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Me and whether they’ll be following in the same path as this evening’s headlining act.

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Up next, came Lower Than Atlantis, did I feel lucky to be seeing them? Hell yeah! They’re hugely popular already and I’ve heard constant radio replays of their hit ‘If the World Was to End’ which rightfully earned Zane Lowe’s first ‘hottest track in the world’ of 2012. They continued to remind us of their success as they opened with this and they sure started as they meant to go on.

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If there’s an award to give for best band interaction with their audience, Lower Than Atlantis deserve it. They kept the crowd buzzing; they wanted to see their audience running around like (and I quote from singer Mike Duce) a fucking washing machine in the middle of the floor. Never mind mosh pits – they’re history! The fun didn’t end there. With very little persuasion Duce had everyone sitting down on the floor in an instrumental part of their song ‘Beech like the Tree’. Then, without any pre-rehearsed attempts everyone simultaneously jumped in the air on Duce’s say so and smashed the chorus in.

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The fast paced rock band from Hertfordshire kept their set alive with their punk/hardcore guitar riffs and appeared energetic which certainly kept the crowd entertained. They took the pace down and began to play two massive hits – not their own, but covers of Everlong and Pretender from the world famous Foo Fighters. I don’t think anyone saw those coming but the covers were welcomed and went down a storm with the crowd – seems there were a few Foo Fighters fans in the building that night too!

This band were seriously entertaining and I can’t wait to see LTA headlining their own shows – it’s something that would be spectacular to see. They were on fire.

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Waiting for Twin Atlantic to come on felt like an age, but following a sing-a-long to Bohemian Rhapsody by the crowd, the room went black, the stage lit up and out came four silhouettes to masses of cheers, screams and applause from the eagerly awaiting audience.

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The talented foursome from Glasgow have gone from supporting the likes of My Chemical Romance, to becoming an amazingly successful band in their own right taking over the UK and Ireland this April with their ‘Beast of a Tour’.

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Sam McTrusty, lead singer and guitarist of the alternative rock band excited the crowd with “It’s the start of the fucking weekend” and I think fellow fans will agree it was the start to an awesome set too. The set was opened with ‘Yes, I was drunk’ their fourth song taken from their latest album Free and that familiar voice with the Scottish accent began to sing.

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Twin Atlantic played the set, giving it their all and they definitely save their best till last. Following their upbeat performance throughout the night, the pace was taken down and McTrusty appeared with his acoustic guitar. As soon as Barry McKenna was sat there with his cello, members of the crowd were chanting Crash Land and as requested, the first four chords were played and McTrusty and the voices of the audience began to duet – it is one beautiful song which combines the soft sounds of the acoustic guitar and gracefulness of the cello which make this song stand out from any of their others – it’s safe to say emotions were running high!

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Following Crash Land came Make a Beast of Myself which is currently receiving a massive and positive response on the radio. As the night was nearing the end, McTrusty was genuinely thankful to the crowd and before their Final song Free he said “It’s been an absolute honour playing for you guys”. It had been an absolute honour watching!

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They couldn’t have chosen a more perfect song to end the night with. It was their first song aired to the world on Radio 1 back in March 2011 and I think it just proved to us all how far they’ve come in just a year. As the song was in its final chorus, there was a massive explosion of glitter, which I didn’t imagine coming from this loud Scottish alt-rock band, but it worked and it was a stunning and memorable end to a tight and faultless set.

Twin Atlantic have got so much to look forward to with festivals such as Leeds and Reading coming up and then heading over the states for the Vans Warped Tour later this year – I only hope their success continues and they get the recognition they deserve

Gig Review by Laura Foster
Gig Photos by Ken Harrison

One Response to “Twin Atlantic + Lower Than Atlantis + ME @ The Wulfrun, Wolverhampton, UK – 20th April 2012”

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