The summer drag in the music industry is coming to an end and the touring season begins! Things are about to get a little nutty in the music industry. Bands will be starting their fall tours, students will be back at college, and I will be officially moved into my new house in Nashville. Fortunately, there won’t be any mid-terms, lectures, or group meetings because I finished up with school in May! As I look back on a solid year of changes, music, and transitions, I can’t help but think about my favorite bands and concerts that I experienced last year. One of those bands is Two Door Cinema Club. From only being active for four years, this indie rock group from Northern Ireland claimed my attention from first listen of their debut album Tourist History.
This spring marked the year anniversary of this historic album released by their Europe-based label called Kitsuné, and let me tell you, it’s still just as good as it was a year ago. Two Door Cinema Club filled my summer of 2010 with pumping grooves and fresh original music. Well, enough of me trying to describe their music, give yourself a listen!
For me, last fall was my first time in Nashville, and I wanted to experience Music City in all of its glory. If it meant eating less so that I could afford to go to more concerts, that’s what I did. I never regretted that decision, especially after seeing Two Door Cinema Club at Mercy Lounge. The place was packed with your typical indie-rock crowd, but the show was anything but typical. Alex Trimble (lead vocals, guitar, synths), Sam Halliday (guitar, vocals), Kevin Baird (bass, vocals), and Benjamin Thompson (drums) put on a killer show with high energy from start to finish. They truly own their sound, which can be easily recognized over their contemporaries. Songs like “I Can Talk” have been featured in video game soundtracks and TV, while other songs have appeared in dozens of other promos around the world. Want to hear more music? Check out their newest music video for “What You Know.”
Two Door Cinema Club has gained a lot of attention in a short amount of time since they started in 2007. With previous interest and support from fans online, the band released their first recording on an EP “Four Words To Stand” in January 2009. After quickly increasing in popularity in only six months, they decided to begin recording their debut album in July. Tourist History was released in the spring of 2010 in Ireland, the UK, and the USA. This strong dedication to producing music didn’t go without reward. The last year for Two Door Cinema Club has featured countless advances in all aspects of their music. From new remixes to appearances, they have been hard at work and their music has been well-received. The band has played a number of festivals this year including Orange Evolution, Glastonbury, Coachella, and Lollapalooza, and has toured with bands such as Phoenix, Metronomy, and Tokyo Police Club.
Two Door Cinema Club will be touring the US in September 2011 with special guests Bombay Bicycle Club and The Lonely Forest. Unfortunately, Nashville will not be one of their stops next month, but be sure to check out if they are coming to a city near you. This is going to be a tour that you don’t want to miss!
By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC