Twin Atlantic: Great Divide

Sea you, Jimmy: Biffy Jr are at it again.

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When they appeared in 2007, TA wore their Biffy Clyro-shaped heart so prominently that their long-term fuse could only blow all too soon. It hasn’t, and with a legion of fans now in tow, 2014 sees the Glasgow quartet stride out of Rockfield Studios with their third album, a 12-tracker that borrows from their boyhood heroes and hoovers up ideas from today’s finest rock and pop chart stars.

To his credit, Sam McTrusty’s rhotic brogue remains – the badge of honour many Scots groups display with pride – and he tops a slick production job from Gil Norton and Jacknife Lee. Norton’s expertise with the Foos and Jimmy Eat World illuminates I Am An Animal, Cell Mate and Hold On, while Lee brings the irrepressible bounce to tracks such as recent Top 20 single Heart And Soul.

The songs aren’t works of staggering compositional genius, or bursting with heartbreaking lyricism (although they do try on earnest opener The Ones That I Love). But as air-grabbing, alt.rock fun instilled with a charming honesty, there’s an ocean of possibility yet for these fine young fellows.

Jo Kendall

Jo is a journalist, podcaster, event host and music industry lecturer with 23 years in music magazines since joining Kerrang! as office manager in 1999. But before that Jo had 10 years as a London-based gig promoter and DJ, also working in various vintage record shops and for the UK arm of the Sub Pop label as a warehouse and press assistant. Jo's had tea with Robert Fripp, touched Ian Anderson's favourite flute (!), asked Suzi Quatro what one wears under a leather catsuit, and invented several ridiculous editorial ideas such as the regular celebrity cooking column for Prog, Supper's Ready. After being Deputy Editor for Prog for five years and Managing Editor of Classic Rock for three, Jo is now Associate Editor of Prog, where she's been since its inception in 2009, and a regular contributor to Classic Rock. She continues to spread the experimental and psychedelic music-based word amid unsuspecting students at BIMM Institute London, hoping to inspire the next gen of rock, metal, prog and indie creators and appreciators.