10 for 2011: #3: Two Door Cinema Club

By on Wednesday, 8th December 2010 at 11:00 am

Last month, we asked you to vote for the top 10 artists you thought would be big in 2011. At number three is the band that put Bangor, Northern Ireland firmly on the map, Two Door Cinema Club.

Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday and Kev Baird of Two Door Cinema Club came in at #6 on last year’s 10 for 2011 poll, and now they’ve reappeared for the second year in a row. It’s really not a surprise, considering their career trajectory since this time last year. Their debut album ‘Tourist History’ did well in the UK after its release in early March, and just a couple weeks after, it got a stateside release with Glassnote Records. Now that I’m looking at and sometimes impatiently waiting for releases to be officially available in America, I’ll have you know that sometimes it takes the better part of a year or even much longer to see a UK release on this side of the pond. So TDCC must have impressed to get the release to happen so quickly. They also appeared on a major late night television programme in America, Jimmy Kimmel Live. In mid-November the band appeared on Later Live with Jools Holland, no mean feat (you can watch their performance of ‘What You Know’ below).

It’s very hard for me to be objective about Two Door, as I’ve championed them ever since I heard them in 2009. I feel like a big sister watching them go from virtual unknowns on the UK music scene and getting that all important push from Steve Lamacq, to now, where they’re selling out places like Shepherds Bush Empire with a wink of an eye. It all makes you believe the music business really works when you see three guys who write amazing songs and work really hard achieve the success they deserve.


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