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Hate to say we told you so... Twin hit their spot you; musIc.

TWIN ATLANTIC 09.05 THE HYDRO, GLASGOW We've been telling you for five years that Twin Atlantic are an arena band. It's nice to see the rest of the world finally catching up.

The quartet's first arena headline show was something special, for sure, but it also just felt like where they belong.

They looked completely comfortable on the vast stage of the Hydro. The deafening roars of approval from the crowd for their every move was further proof they were home in every sense from the moment they launched into Make A Beast Of Myself, followed by the ludicrously anthemic Hold On. The set list was a joyous romp through the last seven years, displaying to perfection their panache when it comes to a killer pop chorus alongside brilliantly gritty moments.

Frontman Sam McTrusty was clearly staggered by the response from the 10,000-strong Twin family, while I've never seen multi-instrumentalist geniuses Ross McNae and Barry McKenna so enthusiastic. There was a richly deserved drum solo from Craig "Animal" Kneale - my favourite drummer, Scotland's Travis Barker, with that unique octopus style and a really individual groove. And hilarious hair.

Sure, on a personal note I'd have liked Cell Mate, Lightspeed and Turning Into John Wayne to have an airing... what the hell, I'd have liked another hour.

But the daring set list flowed beautifully through the shades of Twin Atlantic's sounds, from the early edge of What Is Light? Where Is Laughter? through the wondrously anthemic melancholia of Yes, I Was Drunk and the soaring pop glory of Free. Highlights everywhere.

Crash Land was always going to be an emotional moment, and it didn't disappoint - it was totally overwhelming as the Hydro shook to the sound of 10,000 voices singing every word.

Be A Kid was sublime, more than a hint of Queen shining through on the band's most epic song in every sense.. no doubt made more special for Sam by the grandparents whose stereo inspired his love for music proudly watching as he sang the lyrics about them. Ghost of Eddie was a stunning choice to open the encore, followed fittingly by the two songs which probably give us a good idea of where this band might be headed next - Jacknife Lee productions Brothers and Sisters and Heart and Soul.

Wherever they go musically, there's only one way this band are going ultimately - and that's global.

Look out stadiums, Twin are coming your way. Remember who told you first.

MICKEY McMONAGLE

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 17, 2015
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