Twin Atlantic at The O2 Arena, Birmingham 3 November
It takes a lot to get me out of the house on a bitterly cold winter’s night these days, but with the lure of checking out four sexy Scottish lads known as Twin Atlantic (and their music…of course) my arm was successful twisted.
I have to admit this is not my usual scene, but keen to broaden my musical palette I found myself joining what seemed like thousands of fans and revellers for a night of live music – rock n roll baby!
Although the queues were astoundingly long, it was surprising how efficient the door staff were and friendly too which is always a big plus in my book.
Having listened to some of the band’s (Twin Atlantic) recent tracks I had suspected the music maybe a little airy fairy for me, but I was pleasantly surprised. The transition from music video to live performance was markedly different and the band certainly know how to read and play to a crowd.
Queen‘s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ played through the speakers whilst the band checked their equipment and you could see a gradual growing excitement in the crowd. Most of the crowd had been either drinking and talking or sort of bopping around, but became more focused on the stage and many including myself began to dance with vigour and sing along.
As some of the songs I had heard the band play had been more ballad-like, part of me felt it could be slightly cringey if they didn’t follow well with their first song or get as much of a reaction as the music played through the speakers. I need not have worried. The band opened with an upbeat and lively rendition of their track ‘Time for you to stand up’ and delivered an energetic performance, with unmistakable stage presence! Whilst normally the gig wouldn’t be my kind of thing, the band were exceptional musically, and it was refreshing to hear tracks that make a statement and make you think rather than our pop cultures love of ‘ooooh I don’t know what I’m gonna do now I’ve lost my love for yoooooo!’
The sound system and lasers also added to the performance and I saw something that is very, very rare…..goths smiling! My only regret was not being able to get a better look at the stage. Being a wee thing of 4’10 and had to be lifted by a male friend until his arms were worn out!
All in all – a good night.
Review by Kaz B