Twin Atlantic work hard to wake up Newcastle
Twin Atlantic are making a name for themselves. They have an impressive new album that could very possibly shoot them to the dizzy heights at the top of the UK music scene. The band are currently on a headlining tour that will take them to every corner ok the UK. Tonight it’s Newcastle and decent turn out. Judging by the people that are here, this is a band that appeals to a wide audience. Some people are wearing all black and would not be out of place at a death metal gig, others are wearing more colors than a kids TV presenter. It’s a fitting mix of music fans for a band that will not allow themselves to be pinned down to any genre of rock.
The lights go down and Twin Atlantic takes to the relatively small stage at the O2 academy’s second stage. With the sound of a guitar the lights come to life to reveal the Glaswegian rockers. The lead singer Sam McTrusty burst into life and it’s plain to see that this band is here to give their all. The lead singer rocks the stage like it’s his last gig and makes the venue seem way too small for this band. The start of the gig is a hard rocking onslaught that would dwarf some of today’s best bands. McTrusty moves around stage with a passion and enjoyment that is rare today, guitarist Barry McKenna seems passionately lost in the music, drummer Craig Kneale provides a beat for every action on stage and bassist Ross McNae quietly brings it all together. But something is missing, that something is the crowd, a hand full of people near the front spend the first few songs giving back the energy that is coming from the stage, another hand full seem to have paid to watch the band through their mobile phones, and its clear that a lot of the room needs to be convinced this band is worthy of the entrance fee. Some bands would just get though the set and away from the unresponsive crowd, not this band. Mctrusty wants them all and starts the banter, he asks them for some noise and gets a decent response, decent is not good enough and he commands more. He asks ‘is Newcastle always this quite, do you even wanna be here?’ this gets people going and most of the mobiles go back in the pockets (where they belong at a gig), the next few songs get most the room rocking. However this is a band that has a very indie look about them and some of the crowd seems to be expecting a softer live show, they are not going to get one. The band do slow things down a little with songs like Crash Land, but rather than play a more relaxed show that would win over the people at the back that are dressed for Sunday morning golf. The band stay true to the way they want to perform and nearing the end of the show has won over the whole room. The band finishes with the song ‘You’re Turning Into John Wayne’ and what a finish it is. The band put every last drop of energy into a big finish and leave everyone in the room wanting more.
Twin Atlantic seems to genuinely appreciate that people come to see them play, and they want to give their all on stage to show that appreciation. They are a band that sells more merchandise after their show is over, simply because they have won over the people that went into the gig not sure about the band. If you want to see a band that really love what they are doing and that will give it their all, then this is the band for you.
All Photographs: Neil Johnson