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Honesty and integrity are two qualities that Twin Atlantic would like you to associate with their music.  This comes across strong and loud on their new second album FreeComing to us from Glasgow (Scotland), alternative rock musician Craig Kneale beats his drum passionately along songs about fear, hope and dreams.  He accepted to talk to RockSource360 to explain why Twin Atlantic's authentic musical delivery has been appreciated and recognized so far. In the past, Twin Atlantic got to open for Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance in order to promote their first album Vivarium.  Twin Atlantic will take Free to the road next July as part of the Warped Tour so keep an eye out for them! For more info on this band and tour dates, visit: TwinAtlantic.com

Interview by: Valerie Bastien
Valerie: Can you please introduce yourself! Talk to me about your music.

Craig: Hello there, we are a Scottish rock band called Twin Atlantic. We make music that is loud enough to make you go deaf, but melodic enough that it would at least be an enjoyable way to lose one of your senses.

Valerie: What inspires your writing? Tell me about your latest album Free.

Craig: The things that inspired the writing for 'Free' were pretty much all taken from experiences we had whilst on the road. The majority of the album came together after our first US tour in March 2010 with a band called The Fall Of Troy. During those two months we kind of realised that we'd been pandering to other people when we'd been writing previously and just decided to write songs that made us happy even if it wasn't necessarily what people wanted to hear. A lot of the songs are stories that Sam came up with that he wrote into songs, whilst others are just songs that evoke an emotion from us.

Valerie: What makes you proud?

Craig: Writing a good song. The sense of achievement when you have a breakthrough with an idea you've been working on is kind of unbeatable. And the shared triumph of playing a great show where you and the audience are experiencing this enjoyable event together is up there too.

Valerie: Why did you feel the title "Free" represented the overall delivery of this album?

Craig: I think it represents the album as a whole as that's how we felt when we were writing and recording it. There isn't really a greater feeling than when you feel free and removed from the stresses in your life, and this album kind of felt like a massive release for us after we kind of confused ourselves after people first started listening to our band.

Valerie: How do you feel you have grown musically since your beginnings in the music industry that makes you unique and who you are today?

Craig: It's weird because our songs now probably have more of a classic song structure feel to them than when we started the band, but I think we're now more original because of it. At the start of the band we kind of threw all of our ideas at one song and tried how to then glue it all together. The songs were interesting, but I think our newer material is much more captivating and has a stronger message. We kind of realised that it's easy to write a 6 minute song that has 8 different sections, whereas writing a 3 minute pop song that holds people's attention actually takes much more skill.

Valerie: What is the first single "Make A Beast Of Myself" about?

Craig: 'Make A Beast Of Myself' is heavily influenced by the book 'Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas' by Hunter S. Thompson. If you've read the book or seen the movie then you'll kind of see what I mean.

Valerie: What is your favourite song on this album?

Craig: My personal favourite is probably 'Yes, I Was Drunk', mainly because it's quite a departure rhythmically and thematically from the rest of the album. It has a proper narrative to it and I think we built the song up really well to the point where it reaches a crescendo.

Valerie: What song would you hope for people to relate to specifically and why?
Craig: I think the four of us are all particularly proud of Free because it's got a message that everyone can relate too. Everyone has something in their life (hopefully) that takes away their troubles and gives them joy. For our band it's obviously music which made it such a powerful song to write. I think people seem to relate to it quite quickly because you can hear the passion in the song.

Valerie: Do you have any near future touring plans? Where can we buy your music and see you play?

Craig: We're just finishing an East Coast tour in the US and Canada right now, before we head home for a week before starting our biggest headline UK tour at the start of April. Our album Free came out in the UK last May but it only actually came out physically in the US a couple of weeks back, you can get it from all reputable retailers (and some dodgy ones too). We'll be back out to the US for the last 4 weeks of Warped Tour in July, for anyone wanting to catch our wacky brand of rock and roll nonsense.

Valerie Bastien is a vocal coach, teacher, musician and freelance journalist.
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