Cape Town - The UK’s most invigorating and rising band, Twin Atlantic, are set to release their new album, GLA, on 9 September.
On Friday they released the video for their new single No Sleep, a track already playlisted on the BBC’s national pop music station Radio 1 where it was named Hottest Record In The World and Track Of The Day by leading British music bible, Q Magazine.
No Sleep is a punk rock song led by the guttural bass and guitar riffs of Barry McKenna and Ross McNae climaxing with vocalist Sam McTrusty’s roar of "I get no sleep"against a driving beat by drummer Craig Kneale and a wall of insomnia-inducing frustration.
Watch the video here:
The songs on GLA were 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 had previously produced a couple of tracks for Great Divide. Under his direction, they eschewed old school recording techniques, taping their parts separately.
"At no point did we play together," McTrusty says. "We changed our approach and 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." This change in their recording process marked the grander ambitions of the new songs, while their dream mixer Alan Moulder (best known for his unforgettable work with Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Foo Fighters and My Bloody Valentine) came aboard to give the album the essential finishing touch.
"We were inspired by classic riff-rock, but we want to make our own version of it, and inspire other people," McTrusty explains. "We’re giving that extra bit of ourselves, and we want to give power back to rock’n’roll, to reveal itself. With GLA, we have everything to lose, and nothing to prove. That’s an exciting creative place to be."
"We could never have made this album before," adds McNae, "because we hadn’t had all our experiences, we hadn’t made all the right mistakes. We have finally made the album we wanted to make."
GLA will be released on 9 September via Red Bull Records. SA Fans can now pre-order GLA on iTunes here with instant grat tracks No Sleep, Gold Elephant and Ex El.
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