Twin Atlantic was founded in Glasgow in 2006, by Sam McTrusty, Ross McNae, Craig Kneale and Barry McKenna. With a strong interest in both punk and pop, the band’s sound fuses catchy, riff-driven hooks, with multi-layered backing vocals and McTrusty’s Scottish burr. This formula saw them support the likes of Biffy Clyro and Smashing Pumpkins before they became an established band.
The band released the ‘mini-album’, Vivarium, in March 2009. Critically-acclaimed, this won them further support slots, to bands such as The Gaslight Anthem, Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance.
While earlier albums show off Twin Atlantic’s pop-punk sensibilities, later works, such as Great Divide and GLA reveal the band’s journey from disenfranchised teenagers to reflective adults. Songs such as Hold On and Brothers and Sisters might have their roots in rock, but there are some expert pop arrangements going on, from the spangly guitars to the anthemic, sunshine choruses.