Atlantic Crossing

Twin Atlantic are at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline on April 15
Twin Atlantic are at Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline on April 15

THEY have supported the likes of Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance, but for Glasgow band Twin Atlantic things continue to go from strength to strength.

With a UK tour ahead, festivals and more dates as special guests with Blink-182 all lined-up, 2012 is shaping up to be another busy year for the rock band.

The Press caught up with drummer Craig Neale, shortly before they returned home from their recent tour of Canada and the US to find out how things were going ahead of their UK and Ireland tour, which takes in Dunfermline’s Alhambra Theatre on April 15.

“We’re now in our 10th week over here at the moment,” he explained.

“It’s been quite long but the shows have all been good.

“It’s been a big adventure, America always seems a little more exciting, I think because it feels so far away from home.

“We’re starting to see our profile rise a bit, our songs are now being played on the radio over here.

“When I hear ourselves back home it’s surreal too, but it’s more surreal here.

“We can’t wait to get back home, it’s felt like we’ve been away quite a while.

“When we get back we have a week off and then it’s back on the road.”

The band have 12 tour dates lined up covering the length and breadth of the country this month in advance of the release of their infectious new single, ‘Make a Beast of Myself’, on April 23.

“We’re really excited about the UK tour,” said Craig.

“It’s always amazing to play in the UK, especially in Scotland.

“We’re always that little more excited about Scottish shows.

“It feels like you’re playing to a home crowd wherever you are there and they always seem very excited to see us as well.

“It seems more like a party.”

And talking of Scotland and a party, it has been announced Twin Atlantic will be playing at T in the Park this summer.

“This will be the fourth time we’ll have played it,” Craig continues.

“It’s the closest thing to a home town festival we have got really.

“It has always been a highlight and we’re really excited to play it again.

“It’s the biggest slot we have had there so far.”

But the Balado festival is not the only one the band will be playing.

Craig and bandmates Sam McTrusty, Ross McNae and Barry McKenna are hoping to be able to make more festival announcements soon.

They are also going to be joining the famous Vans Warped Tour this year.

But how has it been for the band, having gone from humble beginnings playing gigs around Glasgow in 2005 to hearing their tracks on the radio and playing to audiences across the world?

“I think we have always been so focused on what we’re doing it still feels like we’re playing to 10 people at the Barfly in Glasgow like we were five years ago,” Craig said.

“It is amazing to see how far we have come in the last five years, but we’re already thinking about what we’re doing next as well.”

So what is next for the band?

“We’ve got the tour and then a break before we do a few Blink-182 dates, then we’re probably into festival time,” Craig said.

But he promises those who have tickets for the Dunfermline date are in for a great night. “We have a real passion for playing live and I think that comes across when we play the songs.

“We have made a name for ourselves as a live band, not from any gimmicky things, just from playing the songs well.

“There’ll be some of the tracks people know, possibly a few new ones.

“I’d like to test out some new songs.

“We’ll maybe put in some b-sides too, but we don’t really know yet.

“We’re definitely looking forward to it.”