Twin Atlantic formed in February 2007, in Glasgow, Scotland, by Sam McTrusty (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Barry McKenna (lead guitar, cello, backing vocals), Ross McNae (bass guitar, piano, backing vocals) and Craig Kneale (drums, percussion, backing vocals). After recording their debut EP A Guidance From Colour at Long Wave Studio in Cardiff with producer Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, Kids In Glass Houses, The Blackout), and building upon the support from Kerrang!, the band’s profile was boosted enough for them to land support slots with Biffy Clyro and Smashing Pumpkins. They also supported American acts The Matches, Blink-182, Finch and Say Anything on their respective UK tours.
Singed to Red Bull Records, released their debut mini-album “Vivarium” in March 2009. The band toured extensively in 2009 and 2010, having played Download Festival, Guilfest, T in the Park, Sonisphere and Belladrum over the summer of 2009, including supporting Taking Back Sunday on a tour of UK and Ireland in July 2009. This continued into a full tour of the UK in September and then the United States with The Fall of Troy and Envy On The Coast in March and April 2010. In June 2010, Twin Atlantic supported The Gaslight Anthem on their British mini-tour and on 7 August 2010 they played at the Hevy Music Festival. They also supported My Chemical Romance on their tour.
“Free” was released on April 29, in Ireland and May 2, 2011 in the UK. In its first week of release, the album peaked at #37 in the UK Album Chart. This success led to them being part of the T In The Park 2011 lineup. In the summer of 2012, the band will be on the Vans Warped Tour. Part of their US promotion, Red Bull Records and Indaba challenged remixers with the contest of remixing their single “Free”.
Regarding this remix…. I took off having on my mind a British band from the 80’s: Sigue Sigue Sputnik and their “21st Century Boy”. Probably there is no any real connection although. But from the lyrics one single word stuck in my mind: “False”. And well what can be more false then the Rock’N’Roll nowadays? It’s almost a parody of the tragedy when even bloody growling and death screaming Metal “singers” are recorded their presumed vocals through auto-tune….
And all those so-called “remix contests” are only about voluntary promotional support for those artists who mainly trying to break big while the remixes itself doesn’t really matters. So…. I feel like a Space Cowboy. 🙂 But not a…. “whoopee boy”. 😆 An American dream? I really don’t give a shit anymore. Hopes are for presidents, dreams are for sleepers – so, “if you’re gonna die, die with your boots on.”