30 Seconds: Twin Atlantic

Formed in 2007 in Glasgow, and infusing their music with their Scottish heritage, Twin Atlantic released their mini-album, Vivarium, in 2009 to great acclaim and have just released their full debut, Free.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 1 Jun 2012
  • min read
Formed in 2007 in Glasgow, and infusing their music with their Scottish heritage, Twin Atlantic released their mini-album Vivarium in 2009.  The reviews were uniformly ecstatic.  It set Twin Atlantic on a roller coaster, with support slots with Blink-182, My Chemical Romance, The Gaslight Anthem and tours the length and breadth of Britain, Europe and America.  This has led to the release of their full debut, Free, an inspiring collection of songs full of ambition, pain, belief and soul.  They spent 30 seconds telling M more.

How long have you been making music?

I've been making music since I was about 14 in various shapes and forms,  although Twin Atlantic is the only thing that has been more than a hobby.

What inspired your latest album?
We've been through some pretty massive ups and downs over the five years that this band has been together and seen made some debatable decisions. I think the album is inspired by our own mistakes and feeling that everyone is making the same false mistakes and wanting to bring back an honesty to rock music.

What process do you go through to create your music?
We work in various ways. Our singer Sam is Mr Vocals and usually he has a skeleton to build around so we mostly write to that. He seems to have found an interesting angle over the last couple of years that we all really feel connected too so that's the current norm. There are some songs that evolve from ideas that myself or Barry our guitarist have and sometimes we have full skeletons to play with too, so everything and anything is possible.

How would you describe your sound?
I think it's dynamic rock, heavy pop, acoustic & everything in between those genres. We can never quite settle. I'd be happy to settle on heavy pop though. That's my best description.

What would your dream collaboration be?
I would love to collaborate with one of the greats like Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder or Freddie Mercury if he was still here as I think he's a real genius. Looking outside the box though it might be really interesting to work with somebody from the dance world. I think it's a massive talent to write a song with fewer sections that still achieves that mass audience. Somebody like our countryman Calvin Harris would be very cool.

Where can we catch you performing next?
We're playing Reading & Leeds, T in the Park and a whole lot of warm ups and one offs around the UK over the summer in between being in the US and in autumn we'll be back in the UK for our biggest shows to date which we can't wait for.