Two Door Cinema Club Wakes Up At The Palladium
After their first failure as the band “Life Without Rory”, Alex Trimble (Lead Vocals ), Sam Halliday (Lead Guitar), and Kevin Baird (Bass) left the drummer behind and formed the trio “Two Door Cinema”, named after a local theater, the “Tudor Cinema”.
A Brooklyn based band, Friends, opened the show for TDCC. The eclectic indie pop band stirred the crowd with their mix of tribal beats, electro guitar and the -if I say so myself- oversexual lead singers. The lead singers danced and grinded for the entire set. However the set didn’t seem that cohesive with TDCC’s fanbase. On a side note, I honestly can’t tell if they’re just trying too hard to be hip or if they truly were all born a bit off-beat.
Friends - “Mind Control”
Once lights dimmed for TDCC’s set, the crowd roared. This was fueled further as the band’s outlines were seen from the stage’s backlighting. The energy from the floor was a precursor to the high-energy, dance-filled night that was ahead. The lights raised and revealed the preppy, european styled group, which only added to the validity of their “indie-ness” and electropop-rock style. This band is so well presented, they can actually be a rock band that can be brought home to show your mother. Their innocent, dapper appearance should be a template for men everywhere.
Opening with “Sleep Alone”, the lead single of Beacon, TDCC had the audience’s hands up and the exuberant crowd seemed glad to bounce to the beat all night long. The band members were not particularly exuding high amounts of energy, however the crowd seemed to connect with the music so inherently that their movements were organic to the pop beats. It was impossible to only bob your head to the music. Full body participation was mandatory.
After the first three songs, Alex took a moment of appreciation and humbly thanked the audience for their participation in the music. The boys were of little words, as they focused on pumping out the tunes for their fans. With the excitement beginning to wear off, the band moved into slower songs to give the audience a rest. The songs were all taken off Beacon, including “Sun”, TDCC’s newest single which follows a jazzy funk tempo. It gives you the feeling of resolution and clarity in the chaos numerous high-energy songs.
Two Door Cinema Club - Sun
With the beginning of “I Can Talk”, the crowd was once again bouncing off the ground and this high intensity, “pogo stick”-like jump returned for the rest of the night. “Ah-Oh-Ah-Ooh-Ooh” was chanted ad nauseum while the se The rest of the set was focused on the popular songs from their debut album, Tourist History, like “Something Good Can Work” and ending the set with “Eat that Up, Its Good for You”.
After running back on stage for the encore performance, the boys continuously thanked the audience for their participation. “We’ve been looking forward to this show for a long time”, Alex Trimble yelled, “... Its so nice to be in back L.A.”. The heartfelt appreciation and gratitude only added to the “good boy” vibes and fan devotion TDCC had.
The band rightly closed the night with “What You Know”, the single which brought them much fame and attention. As the show ended and the house lights turned on, the audience was left with grins and sweat stains from a night spent with Two Door Cinema Club.