Two Door Cinema Club’s bassist and singer, Kevin Baird, recently called into a BBC 1 Show, where DJ Annie Mac asked him to guess the chorus of song as part of Monday Night Pop Quiz. His “I’d love a burger” answer got the buzzer. Ironically, mispronouncing a local spot in Belfast, Tudor Cinema, is how this hook-filled, indie pop band got its name.
So the threesome wouldn’t win at a game of telephone, but when it comes to lyrics, Two Door Cinema Club shines. Singer and guitarist, Alex Trimble, croons “She spoke words that would melt in your hands,” the opening line of “Undercover Martyn,” or how about “You would look a little better / Don’t you know / If you just wore less makeup” from “Eat That Up, It’s Good for You,” which seems to take a stab at someone who’s got some personal problems. Other tracks from the Belfast group’s debut Tourist History (Glassnote Records, 2010) contemplate aspects of life that most don’t encounter until many more years into their said life.
Drinking in sparkling guitar mixology concoctions between Trimble and guitarist and singer, Sam Halliday, along with Baird’s groin-moving bass lines and the band’s overall urgent rhythms, the body can’t help but move around the dancefloor or living room like you’ve been doing numerous adrenaline and vodka shots. So I wouldn’t recommend listening to the gyrating “I Can Talk” or Latin-drum induced “What You Know” if you’re in traction. Save ‘em for after you’ve recovered and are doing sprints on the beach.
Let’s just say, from track to track, variances appear in tone and approach, but you’d swear each song was a single. There’s not doubt that Tourist History will appear on many Top Albums of the Year lists for 2010. It’s certainly on mine.
When talent the likes of Two Door Cinema Club is recognized, things move quickly. After the band’s EP Words to Stand On was released at the beginning of 2009, they were signed to Kitsuné out of France and later that year, inked a deal in North and South America with independent label Glassnote Records. That’s also when the band performed at the Glastonbury Festival, introduced by BBC 6 Music DJ and music aficionado Steve Lamacq, was asked to represent Northern Ireland at Radio 1’s live United Nations event in Belfast, and was featured in the BBC Sound of 2010 Poll.
In 2010, the members of Two Door Cinema Club continue their takeover, their invasion; something that bands from the British Isles are pretty good at. Boys, you made the right decision. University can wait for now.
The band is currently touring with LA’s Funeral Party, a highly energetic band Kaffeine Buzz featured before SXSW 2009, a touring band match made in music heaven. Oh, and Kevin, there’s good burgers right across the street from the Bluebird at Goosetown Tavern.
Funeral Party, who is getting back on the road after a two month, cross country summer tour, is set to release a new full-length, Golden Age Of Knowhere, set for January 2011 on RCA Records. The album is being produced by Lars Stalfors (Matt & Kim, The Mars Volta) and mixed by Dave Sardy (Band of Horses, LCD Soundsystem). Download Funeral Party’s “Finale” single from the upcoming album: www.tellallyourfriendspr.com/funeralparty/widget.html. After Seattle, Funeral Party parts ways with Two Door Cinema Club to head over to the U.K. and France to support the 30 Seconds to Mars tour during the months of November and December.
Two Door Cinema Club & Funeral Party Tour:
Oct 30 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
Nov 2 – Henry Fonda – Los Angeles, CA
Nov 3 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
Nov 4 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Nov 5 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Nov 6 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Nov 7 – EMU Ballroom – Eugene, OR
[Two Door Cinema Club photo: Jamie Adamson]