Ahead of their intimate gig at Edinburgh’s La Belle Angele next week (July 15), Scottish alt-rockers Twin Atlantic have been discussing their new album GLA, which is set to be released on September 9.
Twins frontman Sam McTrusty says the new album – a 12-track follow-up to 2014’s Great Divide – defines them as band.
“This is where we come from,” he explains. “It’s laced in our blood not to mention our art and vision. It’s bold. It’s in our voice. It’s time to embrace it and not work around it.
“This album is our reflection of what it’s like to come from a city at the forefront of multiculturalism, both forward thinking and with a real sense of community, but also with a dark and rough history.
“We have changed our approach to writing and recording; we turned the idea of a rock band upside down, conforming only to this one idea – to take back rock and roll. To give people something real again.
“You can’t get more real than Glasgow. Infamous for rivalry and danger. Passion and fear. Diversity and depth. Love and warmth. Small spaces and one climate. We have finally made the album we wanted to make.”
GLA was written in Glasgow, and the band repaired to Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles to record the album, working with Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club) who produced some tracks for previous Top 10 album Great Divide.
Under his direction, they eschewed old school recording techniques, taping their parts separately. This change in their recording process marked the grander ambitions of the new songs, while their dream mixer Alan Moulder (best known for his work with Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Foo Fighters and My Bloody Valentine) came aboard to give the album the essential finishing touch.
Twin Atlantic are looking forward to returning to the Capital next week, having gone down a storm when they appeared at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay bash last year.
Twin Atlantic play Edinburgh’s La Belle Angele on July 15. For tickets details, www.twinatlantic.com
1. Gold Elephant:Cherry Alligator
2. No Sleep
3. You Are The Devil
5. Ex El
7. I Am Alive
9. A Scar To Hide
10. Missing Link
11. The Chaser