Two Door Cinema Club returned to Denver after two long years to perform last night at the Ogden Theatre. It was Halloween night, 2010 at the Bluebird, so one year and 50 weeks to be more exact, when Funeral Party opened for TD Cinema, and if you were there you knew what a fest that was. Everyone, including the bands, were dressed for the freaky night, and from beginning to end, people all over the venue and on stage were in full dance mode.
Sans the Halloween costumes but with a brand new album, Beacon, the Northern Ireland band pulled out one hit after another from this stellar release, with most of the crowd already familiar with “Sleep Alone,” “Next Year,” “Spring,” “Handshake,” “Wake Up,” and the title track, “Beacon.” When asked to sing Valentina’s part in “The World Is Watching,” we were already on it. You could the visible delight this brought the band, in particular lead guitarist Sam Halliday, who beamed from ear to ear.
Part way through, lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Alex Trimble made mention of that night two years ago, happy to be back in Denver “because we had such a great time last time. Looks like you’re all in the dance mode, so let’s keep it going!”
They were more than happy to appease fans dying to move to their favorites from Tourist History, including “I Can Talk,” “Something Good Can Work,” “Cigarettes In The Theatre,” “This Is The Life” “Come Back Home,” and “Do You Want It All?”
For the encore, Two Door Cinema Club ended the night on a blasting note with “What You Know,” with Halliday making it atop Benjamin Thompson’s drum kit for a final bow.
When I saw Two Door Cinema Club earlier this summer at the Arenal Sound festival in Spain, Beacon had yet to be released, so only a few of the newer songs made it into the set list. Plus, it was pretty impossible to get as close to the stage as I was last night at the Ogden. Hearing the new songs live, ones that had already had 40+ more listens each, according to iTunes, AND actually being able to see the band without a big screen made the night one to remember once again.
I just hope they return to Denver sooner than before.
In the meantime, here’s a new remix of “Sun,” just posted to Soundcloud today, to hold you over.