Twin Atlantic - Aberdeen Music Hall 29/10/12

Wet Monday October evenings are never a favourite time of mine to be out for a show in Aberdeen. However, tonight is a definite exception to the rule. We have a gig that has been months in the making with a huge crowd who were ecstatic that one of the events of the year had finally arrived; in the end it did not disappoint. Tonight will be remembered as the time Twin Atlantic went from Scottish heroes to a genuine rock force.

Opening the night was Californian act Dead Sara. Having only had a brief introduction of the band my limited knowledge was of two features. Loud, and with female vocals. Both, when used correctly, can make me love a band in an instant. This was one of those moments. Dead Sara provide the ideal opening to anthemic rock show. Crashing through a 30 minute slot the band don’t necessarily leave me wanting more of the same straight away but they are a band I will listen more closely to in the near future. Providing distorted moments not too unfamiliar to early 90s grunge and rock a la Smashing Pumpkins, the band may leave this younger crowd with a different take on female-fronted rock that seems to be dominated by such acts as Paramore in recent times.

Charlie Simpson comes next. Clichés will be clichés and despite having heard pieces of his solo record before the show I did not expect what was to come in the 40 minute set. The Charlie Simpson of the past provides the idea of pop anthem choruses from his Busted days and then ‘screamo’ vocals and detuned guitars from the Fightstar days that followed. This time around we got folk rock and in all honesty it really wasn’t bad at all. Please don’t go thinking that Charlie Simpson has jumped ship and gone all Mumford & Sons on us as that is not the case. Simply put, Charlie Simpson seems to have grown up. The set was littered with great pop sensibilities, harmonies and a set of songs that, if written and sung by anyone else, people in their mid 20s-30s would not be ashamed to be seen listening to. By the end of the set a very humble Simpson thanks the crowd for giving his new guise a chance. Any scepticism from the crowd seemed to have disappeared by the end. I have no problem saying I would happily go and watch him again.

9:30pm rolled around and it was time for what the 1500 strong crowd had been waiting for. Twin Atlantic hit the stage with such ferocity and conviction, and set the crowd alight for the next 90 minutes of fast paced rock n roll. Due to only having 1 EP, 1 mini-album and 1 full album most of what you would want to hear is played in this set. In truth if you have seen Twin play before this is a set you will be familiar with. However it’s the boldness, scale, and production that is seen on this show that sets it apart from previous performances. The light show is huge; there are drum risers and balloons. Everything that you expect from a big rock show. The difference here is there are songs to go with it which occasionally is not the case from such a young band playing such a large show. The most impressive parts of the set is when vocalist Sam McTrusty gets the crowd involved. Little can make a show more impressive than a singalong. Nearing the end of the set title track from debut album Free is played and you would be forgiven for thinking the night will get no better for these four Glasgow lads. The riffs fill the room but somehow the singing is even louder. A few songs later we have the bands stadium moment. Crashland is unleashed with such delicacy but the crowd can't help but get involved in this beautiful song. At this point the band thank the crowd for making their "wildest dreams come true". You can image acts can say this day after day, but in this moment the sincerity is shown and you truly believe this is a band who realise how lucky they are to have a fanbase this loyal.


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