[lastfm]Two Door Cinema Club[/lastfm] is an indie-dance-pop trio from Northern Ireland that formed in 2007. They quickly garnered attention for some of the tracks they put up on a little website called Myspace, decided to put college on hold, and released an EP in January of 2009. In April of this year, their debut album, Tourist History, was released on Glassnote Records (home to [lastfm]Bloc Party[/lastfm]’s Kele, [lastfm]Mumford & Sons[/lastfm], [lastfm]Temper Trap[/lastfm], [lastfm]Phoenix[/lastfm], and more). The album received favorable reviews from The Times, BBC, Allmusic, NME , and more. It’s also just over 30 minutes long, with songs no longer than four minutes.
In the studio, the band is comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist/beatmaker Alex Trimble, guitarist Sam Halliday, and bassist Kevin Baird. In the live setting, the boys are joined by drummer Benjamin Thompson. They’ve toured with [lastfm]Phoenix[/lastfm], [lastfm]Delphic[/lastfm], [lastfm]Foals[/lastfm], [lastfm]Metronomy[/lastfm], and more.
Their music is upbeat, guitar- and synth-driven, with catchy vocals that are all about good times. Really, this is pop music. Think if [lastfm]Tokyo Police Club[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Passion Pit[/lastfm] got together, and added a little [lastfm]Phoenix[/lastfm]. Oh, and with all this, keep in mind none of these guys are older than 21.
Two Door Cinema Club rolled through Lincoln Hall on Wednesday, October 27. [lastfm]Bad Veins[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Funeral Party[/lastfm] opened the show, although I only caught the end of Cleveland’s Bad Veins.
You could still move around in Lincoln Hall, but not easily. This was Two Door Cinema Club’s first time playing in Chicago. Apparently they were supposed to be here while back, but the bassist informed the crowd that they had to cancel their last show because of that little volcano that erupted in Iceland a while back.
Right when the band took the stage, the crowd started bouncing, from the opening note of a song I didn’t recognize, to “Undercover Martyn,” “Do You Want it All,” and the song that really got them started, “Something Good Can Work.” They then played an untitled new song, which showed a lot of promise for this young band.
They didn’t have a lot of lighting or production for their show, but they made up for it with an incredible amount of energy, bouncing off of them and into the crowd, who clapped and sang along with almost every song. The whole floor of Lincoln Hall was filled, and the upper balcony was lined with people stomping their feet and bobbing their heads.
While everyone enjoyed the new song, and the couple tracks that Two Door Cinema Club played from their EP, the crowd wanted to hear the ten tracks from Tourist History. “Eat That Up, It’s Good For You,” “You’re Not Stubborn,” “Cigarettes in the Theatre,” and “Come Back Home” followed, and there wasn’t one person standing still. My favorite song on the album, and best live rendition came from the ‘blogosphere’s’ favorite track, “What You Know.” Trimble sang the chorus acappella, and the whole crowd joined him. The other three members kicked it into full swing and before we knew it they were back out for a two song encore, including “I Can Talk.” My friend raised his hand for a high-five and screamed, “I love this song!”
But just as soon as he started dancing and banging his head, the song was over. If anything, the band’s only fault is it’s brevity, but in that brevity is where the songs can really take off.
For such a young group of talented musicians, they show a lot of promise. Let’s hope these guys can keep pushing out these indie-dance-electro-pop gems, so all of us can keep dancing.
For fans of: [lastfm]Tokyo Police Club[/lastfm], [lastfm]Phoenix[/lastfm], [lastfm]Passion Pit[/lastfm], [lastfm]Miike Snow[/lastfm]
Suggested Tracks: “What You Know,” “Something Good Can Work,” “Undercover Martyn” (honestly, the whole album is great).
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