TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
Now showing at Two Door Cinema Club – a story Hollywood could’ve writ. Full of action, intrigue, conflict and resolution, Reservoir Dogs meets Rocky meets A Star Is Born meets Love Actually. The elevator pitch: in 2008, three schoolmates from Bangor Grammar School in County Down – singer Alex Trimble, guitarist Sam Halliday and bassist Kevin Baird – form a band intending to add a pristine melodic frisson to the helium rock sounds of Foals and The Maccabees. Signing to French indie label Kitsune and all but ignored by the media, they build a DIY phenomenon by dint of relentless touring and a close connection to their online fanbase, nicknamed The Basement People.
Within two years they’re playing to festival tents rammed with 30,000 rabid Cinephiles, their debut album ‘Tourist History’ goes platinum on the back of cult singles such as ‘Something Good Can Work’ and ‘What You Know’, and they’re being mobbed in the street everywhere from Mexico to Tokyo to LA. Come 2011 their second album ‘Beacon’ – recorded with Jacknife Lee (U2, REM, Bloc Party) in his LA studio – hits Number Two in the UK and they headline Alexandra Palace and the O2, the ultimate modern-age success story.
Cue the drama. Six years of intense non-stop touring saw the band fracture and dislocate in the wake of 2012’s Number Two second album ‘Beacon’, ricocheting across the world to take a break from each other, battle their individual demons and addictions and discover who they really were after spending their entire adult lives inside the bubble of the band. When they reconvened in 2015, largely via email, to tentatively explore the idea of a third album, there was clearly more plot to unravel. Writing remotely (the trio spent five months pinging demo tracks around their inboxes from their home bases) and recording organically (again with Jacknife Lee in LA) allowed such disparate influences as Madonna, Prince, Chic, Kraftwerk and neo soul to infiltrate their sound, and the resulting album, 2016’s ‘Gameshow’, was a modernist pop triumph, and a Top Five hit to boot.
Setting out on tour again, however, was a leap into the unknown. “At the beginning everything felt very fragile because we hadn’t left on great terms after the second record and making the album was the beginning of this mending process,” says Alex. “We were still trying to get to know each other again so going in there was a little bit of trepidation, but actually it was amazing. Touring ‘Gameshow’ was the best touring experience I’ve ever had in this band. We were getting to know each other again and all preconceived notions of who each other was as a person was gone and it was starting fresh. It was just being mates again. We started from the beginning with everything.”