Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History (CD)

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TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB WILL BE PERFORMING LIVE IN
SOUTH AFRICA THIS WEEK (2ND & 3RD MARCH)
THEIR DEBUT ALBUM HAS ALREADY PRODUCED 5FM
TOP40 HITS WITH ‘SOMETHING GOOD CAN WORK’, ‘I CAN
TALK’, ‘WHAT YOU KNOW’ & ‘UNDERCOVER MARTYN’
NME – “THEY'RE NORTHERN IRELAND'S BRIGHTEST HOPES
SINCE SNOW PATROL...”
MUSIC OMH – “THIS IS A FINE DEBUT ALBUM THAT DOES
EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN. TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
ARE GOING TO FIND THEIR WAY INTO A LOT OF PEOPLE'S
HEARTS.”
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 – so fresh off the presses that they haven’t decided on an album title yet - fizzes with
invention and sparkling tunes. It’s undeniably pop, and it draws on electronica/electro, rock and Afro-beats without
ever recalling hopeful dilettantes, but the sum is greater than any ‘indie electro pop’ parts. The album also redefines
short, sharp and sweet - 10 songs, 32 minutes and no wastage whatsoever – as classic debut albums
should be. And they’re signed to fab French independent Kitsuné – ‘nuff said.
CATALOGUE NUMBER: CDJUST364
PPD: R85.00
BARCODE NUMBER: 6009143424135
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
RELEASED BY: JUST MUSIC
DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC SOUTH AFRICA
MYSPACE: www.myspace.com/twodoorcinemaclub
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Tracklisting
CD
1. CIGARETTES IN THE THEATRE
2. COME BACK HOME
3. DO YOU WANT IT ALL?
4. THIS IS THE LIFE
5. SOMETHING GOOD CAN WORK
6. I CAN TALK
7. UNDERCOVER MARTYN
8. WHAT YOU KNOW
9. EAT THAT UP, IT’S GOOD FOR YOU
10. YOU’RE NOT STUBBORN
RELEASE DATE
OUT NOW
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. They initially bonded over
a love of Scots rockers Biffy Clyro, and formed an emo-styled rock band with a drummer, but he left and the
remaining three realised, says Kev, “We were playing music that we weren’t enjoying, so we said ‘let’s write some
songs, without any pretence of what they’ll sound like’. That’s why we find it so hard now if people now ask us what
genre we are.”
Experimenting included using a laptop to generate beats. “It was born of necessity at first because we didn’t know
any other drummers,” says Alex. “We weren’t sure it would work but it did.” They have now enlisted a drummer to
beef up their live shows. Their name was a happy accident. A few days after they’d all visited The Tudor Cinema,
which specialised in ‘50s/‘60s B movies, Sam suggested Two Door Cinema Club, which the others thought was
really cool. “We asked him how he came up with the name,” Kev recalls, “and it turned out he thought ‘Tudor’ was
pronounced two-door’!”
By this point, the boys’ tastes had gravitated toward alt.pop, such as Death Cab For Cutie, Architecture In Helsinki,
Bloc Party and Modest Mouse, whose collectively leaner, rhythmic and melodic approach spilled over into their own
music. Gigs were quickly secured on the back of two songs (neither of which they play anymore) 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).
The album simply multiplies the single’s surfeit of ideas and sounds. Take the opening Cigarettes In The Theatre,
which instantly nails the band’s light-footed, but hard-driving, energy. It begins with an ambient rumble, then adds a
niggling guitar (or it could be a synth) line, which develops a siren-like insistence over a nervy beat pattern before a
telling pause and a newer, deliciously – almost deliriously - danceable song kicks in. The icing is Alex’s vocal
melody, with its almost dreamy brand of urgency, and his bare-boned narrative of meeting his last girlfriend (“We’ll
pass the burning light / we’ll just keep talking on / tell me your favourite things”). And then there’s the exhilarating
trumpet coda. Brilliant.
It’s followed by Come Back Home, a sequel of sorts; witness an introductory bed of woozy synths that build to a
launching pad for a digi-funk backdrop that bounces, swings AND rocks behind Alex’s confession that the
aforementioned relationship is over (“Another Saturday, another careless move tells the world that you’re thinking
of what to do / a window opens up and someone calls your name/ but I can tell you don’t know how to play this
game / I know this isn’t it”). “I I like things to correlate musically but also lyrically,” says Alex. The album, he
explains, has two general themes – ‘love’ songs (“but not in a typical sense; I’m adamant about avoiding clichés”)
and songs that chart, “our progression over this past 18 months. Where we’ve come from to where we are now with
this album.”
Undercover Martyn is one of the ‘band’ songs, based on a fictional secret, “who’s got this big job to do but he’s too
scared. It’s what we were trying to do, to build up courage to do this full time rather than go to university.” The
seeds of doubt are expressed in What You Know, I Can Talk and You’re So Stubborn, which are loosely linked by
the theme of arguments and justifying what you believe in. The trio were faced with choosing between the security
of university/potential career and the uncertainty and thrill of the band; we all know which won out, but Something
Good Will Work is a self-explanatory lyric by Alex to the other two, likewise Do You Want It All?, “a song of hope,
to keep us going, with the thought that if we try hard enough, then we’re gonna do well.”
Do You Want It All also shows the subtler side of TDCC despite the high bpm and the escalating switch into an
exhilarating sprint, led by Sam’s dizzy, brilliantly simple guitar. “He’s a massively versatile guitar player,” Alex says
of TDCC’s more interview-shy member. “He has a great ear for what sounds good, and incorporates a lot of
different styles, which provides a nice variation throughout songs.”
From the Afro-pop lilt of Something Good Can Work (imagine Vampire Weekend with an acute pop sensibility) to
the smooth/jittery combo of Eat That Up It’s Good For You [about the rise of women emulating men’s worst
boozing-and-cruising habits: “that’s me venting my anger, in a happy pop song,” Alex grins), there are TDCC
favourites all over the shop. It’s
If they can make such a mature album this early on, think of what they can do next time and the next album after
that. Eat it up, it’s good for you...

Categories
RockPopMusic
Copy Control
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Number of Items
1
Media Type
CD
Title
Tourist History
Media
CD
BarCode
6009143424135
Country of Origin
South Africa
Label
Naxos
Format
CD
Barcode
6009143424135
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Cigarettes In The Theatre
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Come Back Home
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Do You Want It All?
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] This Is The Life
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Something Good Can Work
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Can Talk
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Undercover Martyn
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] What You Know
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Eat That Up, It's Good For You
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] You Are Not Stubborn
Genre
Pop / Rock
Release Date
5 March 2010
Country
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Artists
  1. Two Door Cinema Club
Date Released
2010-05-01 00:00:00
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