It’s been a good year for Twin Atlantic – new album Great Divide went top 10, they played some big festival sets, and perhaps more surprisingly they played the Ryder Cup opening gala.
But when you hear that half the band are big golfers, it’s not such a shock.
Lead guitarist Barry McKenna explains: ‘It’s me and Sam (McTrusty, lead singer) who play golf in our downtime. I guess coming from Scotland, the home of golf, there’s so many courses.
‘On a day off, that’s how we’d spend time. I find it quite relaxing, it’s not the most rock’n’roll sounding thing though, I must admit.’
The Scottish four-piece are now on the road with their anthemic new album, and as Barry says: ‘In terms of sound we tried to have a lot more fun with this record, we’ve maybe been guilty in the past of taking ourselves a little bit too seriously, so we’ve been a bit more open this time.
‘We’ve grown a lot since the last record – big life events have happened, and big events in the band alongside that. As a result we’re much more confident as people and as a band.’
They play the O2 Guildhall in Southampton on Tuesday, doors 7pm. Tickets cost £17.50 from o2guildhallsouthampton.co.uk