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A smashing time with Twin Atlantic
Victoria MacFarlaine caught up with Sam McTrusty, singer of rock band Twin Atlantic, after playing the NME stage at Reading Festival last weekend.
You smashed up the guitar at the end of your set. How much was that worth?
Shall I tell you the truth? I'll seem like a little spoilt brat! I think it was supposed to be £1,200.
You must be doing really well to be able to smash it up?
No - I haven't got a healthy bank balance. I've got a good endorsement with fender guitars.
They know you were going to smash it?
I've been doing it for about the last five years. But I haven't done it in a long time. I just felt like it after having that many people turn up.
Last year we played the festival republic stage which was 2000 - that was about 20,000 or something. A pretty big jump in a year.
It's your second year at Reading, so this was the best time I guess?
That was probably the best gig of my whole life.
You've got your next single out 'Yes I Was Drunk'. Are you nervous?
I don't particularly care - not in an arrogant way or anything, because I've already done my part, recorded the song and everything. So I'm at peace with what we've achieved with the song - anything else is a bonus.
What's next for you guys?
We've been touring America a lot this year - pretty much for six months. We've got another tour over there and another new album at the end of the year, so busy right up 'til the end of the year.
Were there lots of Scottish fans in the audience?
I was overwhelmed and couldn't fully register what was going on. But I did see a few Scottish flags and on Twitter I saw there were a few travelling down from Glasgow.
Where would you like your success to take you?
I've no idea. We have already superseded our expectations. We started playing at a real grass roots level literally playing to ten people. We've done it the old school route so this is already a dream come true. We are quite humble guys and never thought it would happen.
Best band to tour with?
Blink 182 was probably a personal highlight. I had posters of them on my wall when I was a teen.