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Twin Atlantic - Bristol O2 Academy 22.05.2017

Glaswegian Alternative Rockers Twin Atlantic stopped off at the O2 Bristol Academy on their European Headline tour. Having released their fourth album 'GLA' back in 2016 the band was eager to hit the road with their new tracks in time for the festival season. Supporting them on their European Headline tour were UK Grungers Darlia hailing from Blackpool and fellow UK Rockers The Pale White. First up was The Pale White; although they are a fairly new band on the scene they have been gaining notable attention. Having been played on Radio 1 and MTV UK as well having their music broadcasted on TV shows including Match Of The Day. The band is known for their energetic live shows and this was no exception. The bands catchy riffs and melodies had the crowd hooked from the start. The band played their new highly acclaimed single ‘Turn Around’ which they’ve also recently released a music video for. As well as tracks including 'Reaction' and 'Deceiver'. The Pale White are definitely a band going places. You can catch them on tour this summer playing at Kendall Calling, Neighbourhood Festival as well as opening the main stage at 02 Newcastle for Hit The North. Next up was Darlia who smashed through their set with sheer passion and energy getting the crowd moving. They played tracks from their latest release ‘Beam Me Up’ which included ‘I’ve Never Been To Ohio’ and crowd favourite ‘Candy Man’. The band played tracks from their debut EP including ‘Queen Of Hearts’. Notables mentions was the stage presence and energy of lead singer/ guitarist Nathan Day who didn’t stop moving throughout the set as well as drummer Jack Bentham. The band are also playing multiple festivals over the summer including Kendall Calling. They're also embarking on a headline tour across the UK in September/ October which you do not want to miss. Having seen two outstanding performances the crowd were well and truly ready for Twin Atlantic. The crowd waited in the dark in anticipation, the opening of ‘Valhalla’ could be heard and the band emerged onto the stage, the lights went on and it was clear the band had arrived to put on a show. The band then went onto play ‘Whisper’, another track from their latest release ‘GLA’. The chorus had fans singing every word. They played tracks from their previous release ‘Great Divide’ including ‘Brothers And Sisters’. The band also played tracks from their 2012 release ‘Free’, which included ‘Yes, I was Drunk’ and ‘Make A Beast Of Myself’. Notable mentions was the charisma and energy of frontman Sam McTrusty whose crowd interaction helped carry the bands performance. The band showed a softer side as Sam McTrusty played acoustic tracks of ‘A Scar To Hide’ and ‘Crash Land’, which had the crowd in full voice. The band ended with high energy crowd favourite ‘Heart And Soul’ and it seemed not a person was stood still when the chorus kicked in. Twin Atlantic are definitely leaving their mark, they were voted 'Best UK Band' at the 2016 SSE Scottish Music Awards and its performances like this one which show why.

Review & Photos - Anthony Shaw Photography

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