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Video of the Moment #2934: Two Door Cinema Club

By on Wednesday, 27th March 2019 at 6:00 pm

Two Door Cinema Club kind of went underground following the release and promotion of their 2016 album ‘Gameshow’. (Read my review of the polarising long player through here.) About 2 and a half years later, the Irish trio are back with ‘Talk’. As a commenter on YouTube quipped, 9 years ago the band enjoyed announcing ‘I Can Talk’; now they’re telling others to “just do it” and have an opinion. Presumably a new album is on its way? We shall see. In the meantime, regale yourself with the ‘Talk’ video below. All of our coverage on Two Door Cinema Club here on TGTF through there.


Live Gig Video: Two Door Cinema Club share ‘Lavender’ from Alexandra Palace in February 2017

By on Thursday, 27th April 2017 at 4:00 pm

Northern Irish indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club are currently on the road in America, have just done the second weekend of Coachella last weekend, playing on a bill before Bon Iver and Lady Gaga. It’s good news, considering this interview with DIY last year suggested they might have killed each other over creative and personal differences. Thankfully, they took time off from the road and each other, which seems to have re-energised them.

In October 2016, they released ‘Gameshow’, their third album, which showed flexing their experimental muscles. This was to varying degrees of success, which you can read more about in my review of the long player. What is not up for contention is how beloved they are in England, which shows through in this live gig video of ‘Lavender’ they have shared from their London Alexandra Palace show to close out a UK tour in mid-February earlier this year. Watch it below. You can read through all of our past coverage of Two Door Cinema Club – and there’s a lot, because I’ve been writing about them since 2009! – through here.



Live Gig Video: Anteros shares behind the scenes tour video set to single ‘Cherry Drop’

By on Thursday, 20th April 2017 at 4:00 pm

Anteros have had a pretty rad 2017 so far. The London pop band we featured in Becky’s Live at Leeds 2016 roundup last year have had the amazing opportunity to tour with both Two Door Cinema Club and Sundara Karma already this year. In their latest promo video, they wanted to offer us a peek into the fun they’ve with their tourmates who are now friends. It’s set to single ‘Cherry Drop’, which appears on their ‘Drunk’ EP, out now on Distiller Records. Enjoy the video below, and live vicariously through the freewheeling visuals filmed by Phoebe Fox. To catch up on all of our coverage of Anteros here on TGTF, use this link.



Album Review: Two Door Cinema Club – Gameshow

By on Wednesday, 26th October 2016 at 12:00 pm

Two Door Cinema Club Gameshow album coverBeing childhood friends who share musical interests often provides a massive nudge towards the formation of a band. However, a longtime friendship may not necessarily be enough to hold a band together. Two years ago, Two Door Cinema Club cancelled their headline set at Latitude 2014. While the official reason for their pulling out of the festival in Suffolk was frontman Alex Trimble’s hospitalisation in Seattle, unbeknownst to us, discord had been ramping up within the band, reaching a breaking point.

According to this interview they did with DIY last month, the pursuit of the next big success in their career since leaving their small-town Northern Irish towns caused friction within. The former schoolfriends found themselves at odds with each other, unsure of whether they were going to continue as a unit. Having rediscovered themselves as individuals and after giving themselves time off from the band and from each other, they came out of their hiatus still wanting to make music as Two Door Cinema Club. Unfortunately, ‘Gameshow’ seems like a step back, as merely a peek back through the music that has made them who they are, rather than being an obvious, positive next step in their evolution.

In a chat with Steve Lamacq live on BBC 6 Music the week of the LP’s release, Alex Trimble explained their respect for Michael Jackson. The admiration for him comes through loud and clear on the vocal styling chosen by Trimble for most of this record. Not a friend of the falsetto? Step away from this review, turn around and run. If you’re okay with a man singing in a higher register than is natural, then keep reading. The apex of falsetto on this album, if you will, is ‘Je Viens De La’, “I wake gently with you” in French. With its wealth of synths and big beats, it’s an unabashed tribute to disco, another potential land mine in popular music. Another disco number, ‘Fever’, begins in a minimalist, promising way like Def Leppard’s ‘Love Bites’, except there’s that falsetto again. As a keen singer, it’s hard to listen to this album, wanting to throw some Halls Soothers in Trimble’s direction.

With the falsetto and the overt nods to disco, their new sound seems so far away from their debut ‘Tourist History’ that relied more heavily on guitars than beats and production. For long-time fans, it’s jarring and takes getting used to. There are, however, some moments of brilliance. ‘Lavender’, whose title I’m assuming is a nod to another high-pitched wonder, Prince, begins with a note progression reminiscent of ‘Walk This Way’. The song shows the trio embracing funk and r&b, with an arresting, foot-stomping rhythm to provide the track with much needed structure.

‘Invincible’ invokes the introspective, emotional guitar lines popularised in the ‘80s, with an appropriately cheesy, boyband-y vocal to match: “every day I see him beside you / is he treating you all right? / the things I would do if I were in his shoes / no more taking for granted / everything I get from you”. It’s weirdly engaging, but you have to take a step back for a moment and remind yourself that this is a Two Door Cinema Club album, not one of Justin Timberlake’s. Confusion is expected here.

I had real reservations the first time I gave this record a spin. It seems ironic how much they are embracing synths on this album (and arguably, overproduction thanks to working with Jacknife Lee in Los Angeles), considering the first time I saw Two Door perform was on their first tour of North America as support for Phoenix. The band have made it clear that this album finally gave them the opportunity to do what they wanted, without self-censoring themselves as they might have before. I initially seriously wondered who this album was for, but after the kind of global success they had before the age of 25, it’s about time they made an album they wanted to make, even if they risk alienating their most devoted fans.


‘Gameshow’, Two Door Cinema Club’s third studio album, is out now on Parlophone Records. You can have a listen to the title track below. They’re on tour in the UK in January and February next year; all the dates are listed back here. For more on Two Door on TGTF, including my review of this album’s first single taster ‘Are We Ready? (Wreck)’, follow this link.



Two Door Cinema Club / January and February 2017 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 27th September 2016 at 8:00 am

Northern Irish alt-rockers Two Door Cinema Club have announced a run of UK tour dates to ring in 2017. The UK tour will follow the release of Two Door Cinema Club’s forthcoming new album ‘Gameshow’, which is due for release on the 14th of October via Parlophone Records. Editor Mary recently featured the latest single from the album, ‘Bad Decisions’, as our Video of the Moment #2185.

Live dates in Northern Ireland have yet to be announced for this tour, but the band have hinted at them on their official Facebook. Tickets for the following shows will go on general sale Friday the 30th of September at 9 AM. Those in the know can get in on the presale tomorrow from this page, Wednesday the 28th of September, at 9 AM. In the meantime, you can peruse TGTF’s extensive past coverage of Two Door Cinema Club, including a live review from earlier this year, right back this way.

Tuesday 24th January 2017 – Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 25th January 2017 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 28th January 2017 – Manchester Apollo
Monday 30th January 2017 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 31st January 2017 – Newcastle Academy
Thursday 2nd February 2017 – Liverpool University Guild of Students
Friday 3rd February 2017 – Glasgow Barrowland
Saturday 4th February 2017 – Glasgow Barrowland
Monday 6th February 2017 – Southampton Guildhall
Tuesday 7th February 2017 – Bristol Academy
Friday 10th February 2017 – London Alexandra Palace


Video of the Moment #2185: Two Door Cinema Club

By on Thursday, 15th September 2016 at 6:00 pm

Two Door Cinema Club‘s third album ‘Gameshow’ will be out on in mid-October. Judging from what’s already been revealed from the new album, it could be a very polarising album for longtime fans. ‘Bad Decisions’ is the latest song (and video) to be unveiled, and it’s already getting loads of comments. The song itself looks like it was plucked out of the ’70s and ’80s, as Alex Trimble’s falsetto voice warbles like the Bee Gees and

I’d agree with some of them that the promo looks like it was conceived when they were on acid. However, the weirdness of this video could simply reflect the many challenges the band have faced since they had to cancel their headline appearance at Latitude 2014. I think it’s safe to say that all of us fans really had no idea the trials Alex, Sam and Kevin were going through. (You can read DIY’s cover story with the band here. Warning: it’s a lot to take in.) Yet there is also a sense of whimsy right from the start of this video, as if they’re laughing at themselves. If you’re a little sensitive about what your children/siblings watch, you might want to watch this first before showing it to them. You’ll see what I mean rather quickly. Watch the video for ‘Bad Decisions’ below. Two Door Cinema Club’s new album ‘Gameshow’ will drop on the 14th of October on Parlophone Records.



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