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Album Review

If the current generation of emo bands has done anything to improve upon the sonic foundation laid down by its forefathers, it's the addition of the hook. Like the opposable thumb, the hook has been the component necessary to help the latest crop of emotionally charged rock bands elevate itself from the obscurity of the 7" bin to the mainstream. On their debut album, Vivarium, Glasgow's Twin Atlantic continue the musical legacy left behind by Texas Is the Reason and Sunny Day Real Estate, keeping all the drive and emotion while reining in the sprawling lyrics with a tighter pop structure. While this is hardly a bold new take on the genre, with the ground already well traveled by Fall Out Boy and Say Anything, Twin Atlantic do manage to make themselves more interesting musically. Keeping the music restrained and angular, they create a sense of urgency, giving the more free-flowing moments greater impact, making the times that the band cuts loose feel more powerful. "Audience and Audio" and "Old Grey Face" play red light/green light with the listener, providing just enough to settle into one groove before changing gears, allowing the songs to quickly work themselves up into a fury. On "Better Weather," Twin Atlantic show that they aren't afraid to go for the slow burn. Filled with atmospheric layers of guitar and strings, the band goes out on a contemplative note with an excursion into post-rock territory. Whatever the music is doing, it's Sam McTrusty's vocals that bring the whole thing together. Soaring high in the mix, McTrusty's Scottish brogue delivers that vital lyrical hook, inviting you to come in, take off your coat, and sing along to a few. Like the title suggests, it's a very controlled environment, but one that's full of life nonetheless. While Vivarium is hardly a revelatory album, it's certainly a catchy one. If you've been hunting for an edgier version of the Matches or a more serious Say Anything, Twin Atlantic have what you're looking for.

Customer Reviews

These guys are awesome!!!

I saw these guys at Bamboozle Left this year, and they were amazing. They're from Scotland and if you like Taking Back Sunday, Foo Fighters or My Chem you'll love these guys. My favorite tracks are What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?, Lightspeed, and John Wayne.

I Looooove These Guys!!!

I was listening to the previews for some of the songs and I just had to buy their album. All of their songs are amazing and they're not the usual pop/punk crap that most people listen to! My favorites are Audience and Audio, What is Light? Where is Laughter?, Lightspeed, and You're Turning into John Wayne. The only bummer was that Crash Land wasn't on here, but it'll hopefully be included in their next album!

Where Is Light?

Where Is Laughter?
if u r lookin 4 music that never gets old r lookin in the rite place


Formed: March, 2007 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Soaring Scottish alternative rock outfit Twin Atlantic was formed in the city of Glasgow in 2007 around the talents of Sam McTrusty, Ross McNae, Barry McKenna, and Craig Kneale. Like Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, and fellow Scots Biffy Clyro, the quartet specializes in stadium-sized, radio-ready emo-pop that dutifully walks the line between pained and majestic. The band released Vivarium in 2010, and followed it up with Free in 2011. The following year they were invited to play on the popular...
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