hmv.com reviews... Twin Atlantic @ Cardiff Y-Plas
Twin Atlantic lit up Cardiff last night (October 9th) and we were there to take it all in...
Glaswegian rockers Twin Atlantic promoting their new album GLA (which you can preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page).
In Cardiff's student union club Y-Plas, still having that slight aroma of vomit on the floors from an eventful freshers fortnight.
Any good supports?
In terms of support acts, you can't really do much better than Pulled Apart By Horses, they are known as one of the most energetic live bands around for good reason. Bursting out with 'V.E.N.O.M', their screams and riffs are just as deadly as the title suggests.
We are also treated to a lot of new material from their forthcoming fourth album which blends both the shouty and sporadic tones of their early work with the more melodic patterns of their most recent efforts. Finishing with 'High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive' sees lead singer Tom right in the centre of the crowd, guitar raised high as he thrashes about. It's great to see that almost a decade playing gigs that they treat every one with the same amount of energy.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It may be a Sunday night so it's understandable that not everyone is up for mosh tonight but they are certainly up for a song. For what seems like an intimate venue, they make it sound as though we are in an arena with the choral roar.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
We get a mixture of all material new and old this evening. It starts off heavy with 'Gold Elephant: Cherry Alligator' with frontman Sam Mctrusty bounding about screaming in his signature Scottish growl. It's followed by other slices from their new album 'You Are The Devil' and 'The Chaser', with the former getting the first big cheer of the night.
They then delve into their back catalogue with a series of singles from their early days including 'Free', 'Yes I Was Drunk' and 'Edit Me' which in particular sounds rather big tonight accompanied by the lasers which fill the stage. We then go back even further to the days of debut effort Vivarium with its opening track 'Light Speed', a nice surprise for all of the old fans here tonight.
During 'Mother Tongue' we see Mctrusty by himself with his electric guitar. It's a very effective moment which is backed up by an equally impressive stripped down version of 'Crash Land', this time involving the whole band. It's from then on though that things get a little bigger with a trio of songs from the last album The Great Divide.
'Hold On' starts it off with arms raised up high and many people bouncing particularly during the chorus. 'Heart & Soul' seems to find yet another gear with its heavy extended ending making it the highlight of the evening thus far.
'Brothers and Sisters' is another epic moment which at once feels huge and at the same time feels tender for the crowd tonight. Proceedings are finished tonight with no encore but a rousing version of 'No Sleep' which gets the biggest reaction of anything played yet.
Did they put on much of a show?
It's a pretty small stage but it's filled with impressive lights and lasers which fill the room.
What was the highlight of the set?
Closing with 'No Sleep' makes sure that we are left on something to remember. They may be one guitar down with vocalist Mctrusty surfing on top of the crowd, but it still manages to be the loudest moment of the night. It takes the bass line from Stevie Wonder's Superstition with a bit of added Rage Against The Machine and sticks it all in a blender to make something great
Where can I catch them next?
Next stops on the tour include Birmingham, London and Norwich before a stint out in Europe. Once they return they will perform 3 huge homecoming shows at Glasgow's Barrowlands.