Thursday, 4 March 2010

Twin Atlantic @ The Borderline w/ Canterbury & Brigade

So often I'll hear a glowing live review along the lines of "yeah the band were awesome, they sounded just like they did on record." But what makes 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.

Credit should also go to the young lads in 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.        


  1. Why would someone playing a cello test your gag reflex?

  2. Brigade? A little exposed, he was so out of tune it made my ears bleed... and Barry ALWAYS plays the cello live. If you listen to A Guidance From Colour on the EP you can clearly hear it. Isn't it better that he's playing strings live himself than getting them piped in?