Twin Atlantic such an exceptional live act is that they harness all the positives from Vivarium and beyond, whilst adding a whole host of factors that just aren't tangible when listening to the band on your iPod.
Sam McTrusty's distinctly Scotticised, true-to-surname vocal, McKenna and McNae's surging, intricate riffs, and Craig Neale's thumping yet technical beats aren't hampered at all by the stage, while they add to this mix a contagious energy, absorbing stage presence, and endearingly awkward inter-song ramblings. Their more anthemic moments such as What Is Light, Where Is Laughter had arms in the air and crowd sing-alongs en masse, while circle pits opened and swelled for set closer Audience And Audio. I must admit that when Barry McKenna traded his guitar for a cello my gag reflex was tested somewhat, but to his credit he knows how handle that thing and it added another positive dimension to a couple of their slower moments.
Canterbury who were the main support on the night, as well as Brigade who opened up proceedings with a set of predominantly newer tracks. Canterbury have a really exciting future ahead of them following the success of debut album Thank You, and it's not often you hear a band with one vocalist of that caliber - let alone two. It's also great to see a band who are essentially Pop-Punk breaking the often limited mold of the genre, although if they are to progress to the next level they need to work on getting their live sound a little meatier. Brigade had some some good moments, especially instrumentally, but front-man Will's vocals were a little exposed when you compare him to those who filled his spot on the stage later in the evening.