Twin Atlantic Make Triumphant Home Town Return
SATURDAY night saw the Glasgow rockers make their way home to the banks of the Clyde to a glorious reception from 10,000 at the SSE Hydro.
Supported by Lonely The Brave and Eliza and the Bear, Twin relished the opportunity to play their biggest show yet, utilising Queen intros, drum solos and giant LCD TVs to add extra colour to their raucous set.
Cambridge pop punk five-piece Lonely The Brave began proceedings as the floor began to swell with gig-goers adorned in Twin Atlantic t-shirts and draped in flags.
Playing tracks from their debut album The Day’s War including hit single ‘Backroads’ and others such as ‘River River’ and ‘Trick Of The Light’, they were successful in ramping up the atmosphere like any good opener should.
The magnificent main support act Eliza and the Bear followed taking to the stage with an all male cast, no Eliza here.
Tracks such as ‘Light It Up’ and ‘Upon The North’ were familiar to the crowd and allowed for voices to be warmed up in what was a long night of roaring ahead. Pianist Callie Noakes was a real stand out performer for Eliza and the Bear adding drama and vibrancy to each of their songs.
Playing a delightfully cheery brand of pop rock, Eliza and the Bear are surely Britain’s answer to the likes of Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers after signing to Capitol Records.
Now to the main act, lights fall as a massive curtain drops down over the stage emblazoned ‘TA’… and then ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen starts to ring out the now packed Hydro. Twin Atlantic’s favoured intro successfully pumped the crowd up and ensured a rapturous reception for front man Sam McTrusty and co. as they took to the stage.
Visibly psyched to be playing their first arena gig Twin opened with ‘Make A Beast Of Myself’ from their second album Free. Crowd screaming back every word to McTrusty, his vocal chords got a well deserved rest after a long stretch of touring since the August release of their third record Great Divide.
‘Hold On’, ‘Fall Into The Party’ and ‘Actions That Echo’ followed from the aforementioned album as Twin started to show more variety in their set. ‘What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?’ from their 2009 debut Vivarium separated the new fans from the old as the atmosphere mellowed out.
That was until Twin’s trademark draped flag clad backdrop fell and revealed giant LCD plasma screen pillars. Smoke bellowed out of machines on the wings of the stage as the light show benefited from the introduction of the giant screens.
Crowd favourite ‘Yes I Was Drunk’ seemed to resonate with locals as McTrusty began a consistent pattern of pausing between songs to thank the crowd for making their night and their lives with all their support.
Twin repaid their adoring faithful with further big hits including ‘Time For You To Stand Up’, ‘Edit Me’, and ‘I Am An Animal’.
The first part of Twin’s set ended with an emotional rendition of the band’s anthemic hit ‘Crashland’ featuring Barry McKenna’s haunting cello tones. The band followed that with arguably their biggest hit to date ‘Free’.
A Craig Kneale drum solo brought in an encore of ‘The Ghost Of Eddie’, ‘Brothers And Sisters’ and ‘Heart And Soul’ as cannons shot out confetti butterflies and balloons were released from the ceiling in what was undoubtedly the career highlight of a band on a rise to stadium stardom.