Sam McTrusty tells us what to expect from ‘Transparency,’ and what it means to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his album ‘Free’
Twin Atlantic has spoken Granthshala About how his upcoming album “Transparency” will see him take a more “lo-fi” and “on the nose” perspective.
Next year is set to be busy for the Scottish alt-rockers – with a new LP and a 10th anniversary tour for their breakthrough album ‘Free’ on the horizon – so has frontman Sam McTrusty. Granthshala How about going back to basics for a new record and revisiting the LP that changed everything for them.
Speaking backstage at the recent TRSNMT festival before their Glasgow Homecoming set, (which McTrusty called “nerves turned into a mixture of fear and pressure, like I’ve got a test or I’m getting married again” “), the singer told Granthshala About what was to come after their final show with drummer Craig Neale, who recently announced his departure from the band as they prepared to be a duo.
Confetti during the Twin Atlantic performance on the main stage on the second day of the TRNSMT Festival 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland on September 11, 2021. (Photo by Roberto Ricciutti/Redfern)
Hello Sam. Things have changed a lot for the band, lately you’ve just become a two-piece. What effect has this had on the upcoming album?
Sam McTrusty: “It’s going to be a little different. We promised ourselves when we started that we’d never make the same album twice. We’re dealing with the big kind of pop chorus thing in rock music. To be honest, I try not to do that because I know it’s super uncool, but that’s just me. So, there’s still elements of that Twin Atlantic DNA in there. I know everyone hears this from the band. Someone is sick, but we accidentally made it during the lockdown.
“I got in touch with a partner we’ve worked with before, [Irish producer] Jackknife Lee, because I had to write a song with him in America. Obviously I couldn’t go, so I just texted him ‘Can we do this remotely?’ And that turned into this album. We just kept going because already during the lockdown we had become each other’s pastime. I made this in my daughter’s bedroom which I find very old. “
What has changed in terms of sound?
“It’s kind of a more lo-fi approach to us than the kind we started with in the beginning when no one else was paying for a fancy studio for us and I couldn’t do the big high rock vocal thing. Been trying to do it for years for some reason. I don’t even know why I’m doing it. It’s too buried in places. But I feel like it weighs too much because of that.”
Do you feel like you have incorporated into the writing what has happened over the past year and a half?
“I’ve always tried to write honestly about what’s going on in my life, because then at least you know there’s a solid foundation. It’s hard enough to write any album—getting into it.” You can write about anything, you have that blank slate in the beginning. I don’t know, I was worried that I’d write a prog concept album if I didn’t just write about myself and the world around me. I Perhaps I’ve been guilty of burying my own opinion in the past or take things a little too subversively, too veiled in metaphor. While this record is pretty on the nose because I had the time to process what was going on There was time. I’ve been a little older than when we started, so I’ve probably learned how to just get to this point.”
And now you’re also celebrating the 10th anniversary of ‘Free’ with this new album coming out…
“It’s confusing, isn’t it?”
Well, is this confusing for you? What’s it like to relive the feelings that went into that record?
“I’m still trying to unpack it, to be honest. We were planning on doing this 10-year anniversary for ‘free’ in November. It was booked, we moved it, and Then I accidentally made an album! The band’s level is us – we’re still a working band – everything we do is to make a living, we don’t have a big hit or a number one album , so we’re pretty much like, ‘Let’s do another record, I can still be in a band, that’s great’. I know because we’ve been going for a long time. Some people give us these big stars. But we really aren’t. So there’s an element of just keeping going and trying to keep your head above the water.
“The fact that these things are happening simultaneously is a bit strange but it was the only option for us. When we were traveling for ‘Free’, it was such a whirlwind and such a dream, because I was just a music fan that was desperate to do, and all of a sudden I was just doing it, and I don’t feel like I took it right, so seeing it again now is a selfishly greedy thing.”
Twin Atlantic released “Transparency” on January 7. Check out their upcoming tour dates below and go here For tickets and more information.
5 – Dublin, Opium
6 – Belfast, The Limelight
8 – London, Roundhouse
9 – Newcastle, Boiler Shop
11 – Inverness, Ironworks
12 – Glasgow, Barrowland
15 – Leads, Stylus
17 – Manchester, O2 Ritz
18 – Bristol, O2 Academy
19 – Birmingham, O2 Institute