Twin Atlantic’s Sam McTrusty Talks ‘Mental Breakdown’ On New Album

Twin Atlantic frontman Sam McTrusty has opened up in an interview about his battles with mental health while the band toured for fifth album, Power.

While the group was on the road, Sam battled an unknown illness and his well-being deteriorated as a result.

The 34-year-old revealed he had a “private mental breakdown” during this time.



Twin Atlantic’s Sam McTrusty performs on day two of TRNSMT, the event returns after a two-year hiatus.

The Twin Atlantic frontman told NME Magazine: “I had a sort of private nervous breakdown – I mean, they’re all serious on their own, but I always play it down.

“It’s such a foreign concept to me. I hit a brick wall in my mind and then my mind shut down my body.

“We were bringing doctors into the studio, and I was trying to get on stage saying to the guys, ‘I can’t f****** do this, I’m gonna pass out, I’m gonna get sick.’ today, I don’t really know what it was.”

However, it was just one battle after another for the band as the coronavirus pandemic hit – putting an abrupt end to all their plans for the time being.

Sam continued, “Then it was, ‘Oh my god, I’m going broke next week. We can’t tour, we don’t do any festivals. Everything is f*****.’”

“I just wasn’t really in control of my thoughts, I don’t think. A year later, I was re-reading the lyrics like, ‘Oh my god, man, you were really unwinding, organizing your mind and coming to terms with a lot about the introspective songs [on the record]’.”

“We couldn’t just say, ‘F*** it, we’ll take two years off.’ We had no choice. We had just been dumped by our label at the time, which was a bit of a hassle for us,” he recalls.

“It was a punch: to be trying to fix something only to be dropped by the biggest record company in the world.” Saying that “the rug has been pulled under our feet”.

McTrusty continued: “I know it sounds like ‘Oh damn poor us, boo-hoo, I’m in a band’.

“It’s like 10 million people around the planet’s dream job and I can do it – so I’m not looking for sympathy, I’m just trying to tell the truth.

“That’s why we made the album: we needed it because [we had] bills to pay and shit, and that’s the reality of being a mid-level band.

Twin Atlantic’s latest album, Transparency, is out now.

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