In this day and age, a record that defies you to spot what music its makers have been listening to is a rare beast especially one that makes you dance and sing as well. The fact they’re still so young and, by definition, inexperienced – makes it even more extraordinary. Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club are a music-mad trio and their debut album ‘Tourist History’ – fizzes with invention and sparkling tunes. It’s undeniably pop, and it draws on electronica/electro and rock without ever recalling hopeful dilettantes, but the sum is greater than any ‘indie electro pop’ parts.
Their story begins with three 15-year olds at school in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Vocalist/ guitarist Alex Trimble and bassist Kevin Baird studied music together; guitarist Sam Halliday was a mate of Alex’s.
Gigs were quickly secured on the back of two songs posted to MySpace, followed by a deal with Kitsuné, the release of their debut single ‘Something Good Can Work’ in March ’09, and immediate support from radio (especially Radio 1‘s Steve Lamacq).
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.
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.
They decided that working within the major label edifice of Parlophone had left them feeling more backseat than this self-made band were used to. So, amicably, they struck out on their own, creating their own label with their management under the umbrella of Prolifica Inc and putting a deal together with PIAS that put TDCC firmly in control of their recordings
They have also released a Fourth album ‘False Alarm’.
Coalition Talent act as DJ booking agent for Two Door Cinema Club.