With the EOTY lists posted yesterday, now seems like a better time than ever to take a look at one of the undisputed bands of 2012.
Sell out tours, festival triumphs and a trip into space; this hasn’t been a normal year for Twin Atlantic. Drummer Craig Kneale takes us through the eight reasons why the boys from Glasgow have had the best year ever.
1 – Still living off a timeless album
The band’s debut full-length Free, was released over a year and a half ago now, but they’re still flying off the shelves. The album went silver in the UK in November and doesn’t look like slowing down in a hurry.
Craig: “It grew its own legs and it’s something that’s exciting for us – that we didn’t expect the album to get this far. We’re all still really proud of 95% of what’s on there.”
2 – Everyone loves rock music again
Guitars are back. Mainstream radio over here in the UK has jumped on the back of a whole bunch of young, British bands like TA, their countrymen Biffy Clyro and Lower Than Atlantis.
Craig: “Even two years ago a band that sounded like us would’ve been lucky to get a couple of plays on Radio 1. It shows that rock is as powerful as a musical form as it always was.”
3 – They’re big in space (sort of)
On the 14th of October a complete nutter called Felix Baumgartner jumped 128,100 feet armed with only a parachute. Mental. The band’s song “Free” was used on the official highlights video, which has been viewed by over 30 MILLION people. Equally mental.
Craig: “It’s very weird. It was really nice to be part of something that was a little bit more than having your song on an advert or in a movie, it was a cultural event.”
4 – Become a touring behemoth
This is a fairly simple one – Twin Atlantic own the UK touring circuit right now. A meteoric rise since a modest Christmas tour has seen the band play epic shows at 2,000-capacity Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London to universal acclaim.
Craig: “We were thinking we’d get to a certain stage in the year and then get up to the size of venue we’re playing now on the next album. It’s been unexpected but really exciting at the same time.”
5 – Made it in America
The boys from Glasgow ditched sunny Scotland for warmer climes over the summer by heading out on the weirdest music roadshow around, North America’s Warped Tour. Despite only playing to 200 fans most days, the band returned with an army of US fans and some decidedly ropey t-shirt tans.
Craig: “Your stage time moves around and all the buses are parked in the same area. It was a weird experience but I’d love to do it again.”
6 – Slayed Reading and Leeds
Headliners At The Drive-In played their first UK show for 10 years at Reading and Leeds this year. Twin Atlantic were on 12 hours earlier and attracted twice as many people at a time where festival-goers are usually sleeping off brutal hangovers. Insane.
Craig: “Those tents are 20,000 people or something crazy like that so we said that even if the tent was half full we’d have been over the moon but it was pretty much packed out. It was an amazing experience and it was one of the defining moments of our year and so far in our band.”
7 – Having an accent is cool now
We don’t want to alarm you, but Celts are taking over. Sam McTrusty’s trademark Glaswegian brogue is just a little bit too much fun to sing along to/butcher. With fellow Scots Biffy Clyro on their way up and Welsh riff merchants Straight Lines flying the flag for Cymru, there’s never been a better time to sound a little bit weird.
Craig: “We love Pulled Apart By Horses and we’ve always been big Biffy Clyro fans. Band of Skulls are really good, too.”
8 – They’re not even finished yet
New song “Brothers and Sisters” kicked a huge amount of arse when it was busted out on their recent headline tour. If that’s anything to go by, (which trust us, it really is) the next album looks set to be a corker.
Craig: “We’re going back into our studio in Glasgow for another few weeks to write some more stuff. It’ll hopefully be finished by summer and out soon after.”