Tonight is a rock night through and through. Starting proceedings are newcomers Arcane Roots, and the venue is pretty damned packed for such an early time of night. However despite the numbers no one seems very enthused by Arcane Roots, there's absolutely no movement in the crowd at all. It looks like we have one of those arms-folded, sullen-face type audiences tonight. That said, this should not be seen as a reflection on AC - whilst they were by far the heavier band of the evening, they were making a pretty awesome noise.

Now, I think we're all familiar with Dinosaur Pile-up, and there’s still a stream of people pushing their way into what has to be a sold out venue proving the popularity of tonight. So, it's odd that the audience still stood like statues, arms folded, oh aside from the guy at the front waving a glow-stick - not sure he knew where he was. Actually no, there was one person moshing, just one solitary soldier going at it all by himself, but still it was pretty obvious that this sullen atmosphere was slightly affecting the bands set.

It's worth noting now, just before our headliners are due onstage, that whilst I've frequented this venue quite a lot, I've never seen a band bring their own stage setup before. But here we have a rigging around the stage, with thick white cables hanging down with what appeared to be light bulbs hanging from the ends.

And indeed they were, as they started to alternately pulsate as Twin Atlantic make their way onto the stage, one member at a time. As they band started to play, it became evidently clear that this was the only band that the crowd had any interest in tonight, it was literally like they all suddenly awoke, screaming and whooping at the songs intro and for every band member walking onstage. Second song in, 'Make A Beast Of Myself', the crowd are audibly singing along, all arms are raised with cameras clasped in hands. Lead singer Sam McTrusty (what a name) takes a moment to address the audience before playing 'The Ghost of Eddie', telling them that they don't have to stand still for this song - this seemed to be all the extra encouragement that the audience needed, and finally, there’s some movement in the crowd and a pit eventually forms.

Twin Atlantic play through a variety of songs from both their their mini-album Vivarium and their recently released full-length album Free, and every song seem to be a crowd-pleaser. They’ve really got the audience in the palm of their hands, thanks to the Scottish charm (and rather good looks) of McTrusty. I don’t think there’s many a person here just merely checking the band out, this is a room packed with a solid fan-base, of all ages, gender and styles - and that’s an impressive feat.

This is the first time I’d seen Twin Atlantic live, and I have to say I was rather surprised by their performance. In comparison to their recorded material, the live music is really generic, accessible, clean (even the vocals), quite far from the ‘rock’ band that I’d imagined. Everything felt very rehearsed, the whole performance was incredibly slick and professional - almost bordering on an X-Factor style, especially in comparison with tonight’s support acts, and when considering that they only released their debut this year. On top of the bands own lighting rig, there's also the venues own strip lights and backing lights, oh, and smoke machine too. These effects, added to the rather U2-esque rifts of some of Twin Atlantic’s slower songs, it really felt all too much for such a small venue - they're already outplaying it, musically, visually, and dare I say mentally too.

It’s not that Twin Atlantic are a bad live act, in-fact they’re quite the opposite, it just feels like they’ve reached this stage far too soon; through their own skill or with a lot of money and investment being thrown at them, I do not know. Undoubtedly they will be huge, as if the popularity of this gig is anything to go by they’re already on their way, I’m just undecided if it’s deserved.