Live Review: Two Door Cinema Club at Manchester Apollo – 25th January 2013

By on Tuesday, 29th January 2013 at 2:00 pm

Words by Edward Chapman

Friday night, Two Door Cinema Club got the Manchester Apollo bouncing. Literally. Dunno about the basement people, as the band’s hardcore following is called, but the balcony was moving, with seats ignored for the most part. I was reassured it wouldn’t fall down, would it? And this was before the massive pendulous net of balloons had been unleashed.

Good evening Manchester we’re madferit and I predict a musical riot, in the nicest possible way of course. This, after all, is Two Door Cinema Club: a band surely winning new friends with every performance. The blizzard outside was matched by a flurry of lights, which was effective as anything Coldplay can muster, albeit on a more intimate scale. That’s not to say Two Door don’t have the presence for a bigger venue already – they do – but that’s probably a couple of albums down the road, should they want to go there.

Two Door kicked off two nights at the Apollo with the instantly catchy ‘Sleep Alone’ from their 2012 album ‘Beacon’ and the crowd – already nicely warmed up by the storming Bastille (who have been with TDCC for UK tour) and Swim Deep – was happily raucous from the first note. For now, the band have managed that significant step of creating their own sound, which is no mean feat 50-odd (insert exact number of your personal opinion here) years into rock ‘n’ roll and they do this with ‘straightforward’ guitars, drums and occasional piano. But could they reproduce it live?

The answer is 100% yes. It all stems from the guitar work, similar but not the same throughout. The lead axe sound on ‘Sun’, the second single from Beacon, is along the Isley Brothers’ ‘Summer Breeze’ lines, and one you get the feeling Sam Halliday could play all day on his upside down white guitar, loud, aggressive and delicious and even better live than on record. A bit Big Country at their twin-guitar finest. The never flagging set of all the familiar and mostly strong tunes from the band’s two albums were there, with faultless singer Alex Trimble switching smoothly from rhythm guitar to piano front centre stage. He can also switch from super-charged, speedy rock to sensitive ballad and his vocal dexterity at times conjures up a baritone reminiscent of Editors and somehow a bit of New Order, and not in a bad way.

Solid bassist Kevin Baird didn’t seem the least bit troubled by what looked like a bandage on his wrist – maybe it was an extra large sweat band? He certainly worked up a sweat and enjoyed his ventures to the edge of the stage, especially so during next single ‘Next Year’ (to be released on the 18th of February), which was the best received song of the night. Two Door are really gathering a dedicated following in London, as I was told by a savvy music biz fan based in the capital who really knows her musical onions and on the strength of this Apollo gig, it was obvious as the snow outside to see Manchester agrees. They closed with ‘What You Know’, and everybody who hung around until the end trudged home happy.

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3:42 pm
30th January 2013

RT @tgtf: heaving of the upper seated tiers at @O2ApolloManc? all in a night’s work by @TDCinemaClub last Friday in Manchester: http://t

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