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REVIEW: Twin Atlantic, Preston 53 Degrees, 08/02/2011 with Straight Lines & Population Four

Prior to the release of new album Free in on the 2nd of May, Twin Atlantic warmed up for an album release tour in May with a run through the UK’s smaller venues. Red Rose Music reports back from the show at Preston’s 53 Degrees.

 

It’s not unusual for an opening act at 53 Degrees to play to southwards of 30 people, but Preston’s own Population Four have drawn their family, friends and then some to see a solid set.

A first ever play of new song “Sink Or Swim” hints at a more melodic sound on the band’s debut full-length, while heavy-hitting old favourites “This Town Will Drag You Down” and “Nomads” please the sizeable home crowd.

Despite releasing one of the UK scene’s most hotly rated albums of 2010, the crowd visibly thins for Straight Lines’ last appearance of the tour.

The band deliver an accomplished set nonetheless, winning small sections of the room over with a galloping “Antics”. Ending strongly on intriguing new song “Ring The Bells” and an energetic jaunt through “Perfect Mistakes”.

If the Preston crowd was unresponsive during Straight Lines’ set, the entire room is dragged kicking and screaming along with Twin Atlantic as the Glaswegian four-piece launch into “Edit Me”, the lead single from forthcoming album Free.

A beaming Sam McTrusty and co. rip through “What Is Light, Where Is Laughter?” and “Human After All” before new song “The Ghost Of Eddie”, a moody, seething song that showcases McTrusty’s range as a vocalist. Chilling whispers and gut-wrenching screams make this the stand out track of all the new material played tonight.

A bouncing “Audience and Audio” is followed by a drop in intensity for “Better Weather” and an excellent, cello-led “A Guidance From Colour”.

The band often seem like they’re just one big break away from going stratospheric, with roaring airings of “Lightspeed” and “You’re Turning Into John Wayne” sounding like they could fill an arena, let alone a small upstairs room in Preston.

After a short break, guitarist Barry McKenna once again grabs his cello and the band return to play through new song “Crash Land”. The slow, rousing track may just be Twin Atlantic’s best to date, but the fact that the majority of the crowd have never heard it before means what has been a fantastic show ends on a slightly surreal, subdued tone.

Regardless, their compelling live performance and the new songs showcased tonight are enough to suggest that 2011 may well be Twin Atlantic’s year.

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