Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic are back on the road in support of their latest album, GLA.
They headline Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Tuesday.
The band decided to collaborate with Jacknife Lee (U2 and Two Door Cinema Club) and dream mixer Alan Moulder (Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Foals) for GLA.
Twin Atlantic experimented with new recording processes to match the grander ambition reflected in the album’s songs. The band took a while to consider their new direction, following the end of their Great Divide campaign. “We walked away from the band as if it was finished,” frontman Sam McTrusty says.
“Not to up the drama, but we were like, ‘that’s it’. We didn’t really know how to top what we had done, because we had actually done what we set out to do.
“Okay, not on a global scale where we were a really big band, but it was still game-changing for us. So, we went to make a new album and just didn’t know what would happen next.” They took six months off to chill out with their families.
Sam adds: “It was like Twin Atlantic didn’t exist anymore. We set up home studios and made demos in a day. We just embraced that side of songwriting. On our last record, we did a few songs with Jacknife Lee, and he opened our minds up to the idea that that’s useful. That’s what allowed us to get right to the heart of it; by getting ideas out quicker. Great Divide took six months to record and this took six weeks.
“We’re still doing riffs and rock drums. We just took things in a really selfish direction. Last album, I got really obsessed with writing the perfect song and dragged everyone into that.”