Live Review: Two Door Cinema Club and Tokyo Police Club with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 20th January 2011

By on Tuesday, 25th January 2011 at 2:00 pm

According to an interview friend of TGTF Tara O. did in Ottawa a little while back with Two Door Cinema Club, they signed on to do a co-headlining tour this month with Canadians Tokyo Police Club because they thought it could help them gain popularity in North America. I can’t really tell how many punters in the 9:30 Club last Thursday night were in attendance for Two Door and not Tokyo Police, but there was incredible energy, leading me to believe that they didn’t really need to team up with Tokyo. However, the two bands did do a pretty sweet duet at the end, as you shall read later.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is a Missouri indie band. I didn’t know much about them but I have lots of friends who are fans, so I was interested to see them live. Nice, bouncy, unpretentious rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a shame that while I was waiting in the merch line, people were saying the reason why the club was so empty at the start of the night was because they were talking outside with their friends, smoking, etc. Their loss really, because I thought Someone Still… was a great, fun warm-up to the two acts after them (and really, probably one of the better opening acts I’ve seen in a long time).

Two Door Cinema Club came on next. It’s been amazing watching their popularity rise in America. In April 2010, I was one of a handful of people who knew who they were when they opened for Phoenix at Constitution Hall. Now they’ve got everyone singing along to their words, pumping their fists, clapping their hands and dancing up a storm. Alex Trimble will always remember the DC show and so will we, because he found and bought a new/old guitar in town and this show was its first public outing. ‘Handshake’, a brand new song they’re debuting on this tour, sounded like classic TDCC. I can’t wait for the next album. Is it wrong to want it under my tree just in time for Christmas? ‘What You Know’ was flawless and ‘Hands Off My Cash, Monty’ (featuring an actual shout from Alex during the line, “I can make you sing, and I can make shout”) and ‘Come Back Home’ were incredible.

Tokyo Police Club got a lot of flak for using Tom Jones as incidental music; one of my friends said, “they do know Tom Jones is Welsh and not Canadian, right?”. But any ill will evaporated by the time they took the stage. While the Two Door fanatics were jumping up and down to their heroes’ set, the Tokyo Police fans were more reverent, hanging on every word from singer Dave Monks. ‘Wait Up (Boots of Danger)’ is probably the song you’re most familiar with from their last album, and it didn’t disappoint live. But what was the most surprising was a duet between the two ‘clubs’ for a rousing rendition of the Strokes classic ‘Last Nite’. If it had been my last night on earth, I would have gone without argument after such an amazing evening of music.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Photos:

Two Door Cinema Club Set List:
Cigarettes in the Theatre
Undercover Martyn
Hands Off My Cash, Monty
Do You Want It All?
Something Good Can Work
Handshake (new song)
You’re Not Stubborn
Costume Party
What You Know
Eat That Up, It’s Good for You
Come Back Home
I Can Talk

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