Twin Heart Attack!

Posted on Saturday 8th August 2015 00:00 by FreckFest

The needles on the Richter Scale went into the red last Friday night as Irvine was rocked to its very foundations by three leviathans of local music.


Top of the bill were Twin Heart, but it was newcomers The Kastellos who set the ball rolling with their uncompromising riff-based rock. There were shades of Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden in a set featuring all-original material. Despite a terrified-looking bass player and a lead vocalist rooted to the spot, The Kastellos showed in their half-hour slot that they’re a band that have real potential.



Second up were Ayrshire power trio The Belafonte. A blur of fast-paced flash fingerwork on the fretboards coupled with powerhouse drumming and twin vocals had the audience in the palm of their hands. Highlight of their set was the airing of debut single Human Hands, a track that could easily grace the airwaves of any alternative radio station. The Belafonte have made the track available for free download on their website, something I’d urge you to take advantage of immediately. In drummer Jack McLaughlin, The Belafonte also sport the best moustache in rock since Freddie Mercury. Not only do they sound great, they look terrific too.


Headliners Twin Heart arrived in Irvine on the back of two contrasting gigs. Two nights previously they’d arrived in London with an under-the-weather bass player to find that their planned show in Camden was under threat due to the Tube strike. It eventually went ahead, with their ill bass player playing from behind the stage next to a sick bucket, but the audience was much less than expected due to the lack of trains. The night before they’d played Edinburgh where the same fate befell them, this time due to the opening of the Fringe and the sheer number of free events in the locale.


Night three of their tour was when it all kicked off for Twin Heart; a rabid audience, a great venue and a brilliant sound mix brought out the best in the band. Sonically, Twin Heart sound absolutely massive, with monster riffs competing for space with cavernous drums and guitar lines battling for attention with concrete slabs of bass. The band have perfected the clever trick of stopping for a nano-second half-way through a song before coming back in at twice the volume and twice the speed. It’s all very exciting. Unlike openers The Kastellos, Twin Heart can’t stand still. A tangled mess of hair and skinny jeans, vocalist Dawn and bass machine Owen career from left to right and back to front in a surely choreographed hair shakin’, alt metal slam dance. The HAC’s Health & Safety Officer to the side of the stage couldn’t look, as time after time the pair looked like they would collide. It all added to the chaotic thrill of the show.


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