Formed in Northern Ireland in 2007, Two Door Cinema Club consists of Alex Trimble (lead singer/rhythm guitarist/programmer), Sam Halliday (lead guitarist/backup singer), and Kevin Baird (bassist/backup singer). 2009 saw their debut release in the form of an EP called “Four Words to Stand On.” A year later, they released an album called “Tourist History,” produced and mixed by Philippe Zdar; the album features singles “Something Good Can Work,” “I Can Talk,” “Undercover Martyn,” “Come Back Home,” and “What You Know.” Then in 2012, the band released their follow-up album called “Beacon,” produced by Jacknife Lee.
The album’s lead single is “Sleep Alone” (Track 6), the video of which appeared in varying degrees of rotation on music video channels and in shows, including 120 Minutes on MTV2 in the USA. With a disco-like hi-hat beat to start off the song, the song features some basic guitar work, synth bass, and some sing-a-long vocals, making it the most representative for this album. Overall, its upbeat and dance-like groove and atmosphere can keep you busy while listening to this song.
Aside from “Sleep Alone,” there are other highlights in this album also worth mentioning. The opening track “Next Year” kicks the album off with a synth intro followed by drums kicking in. And as Alex Trimble’s vocals join in the jam with guitars and bass coming in afterwards, the band pulls off another good impression with a blend of the aforementioned instruments. The fifth track in the album, “Someday,” picks up the pace with a modern post-punk sound with emphasis on the usage of guitars. For “The World Is Watching” (Track 7), the song features an orchestral backing and guest vocals from Valentina (I had yet to learn about her background information and her previous works at the time of this article’s writing). With its relatively mid-tempo speed (compared to those from most of the album’s songs), this song could possibly be their take on creating a ballad.
In conclusion, I recommend Two Door Cinema Club’s “Beacon.” If the previously mentioned songs are satisfying enough upon listening to them, I recommend the entire album, thus making this my album pick for October 2012. That about wraps up my article for Aerrow Shapiro’s Record Club. Tune in next time at around the first week of next month for another album pick.
Aerrow Shapiro is a KSSU.com DJ who hosts a weekly hour-long alt/indie show called Aerrow Shapiro’s Hour of Power, which (as of the date of publication) currently airs every Tuesday at 5 PM PT on KSSU.com. For more information you can check out the show on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HourOfPowerKSSU), Tumblr (http://hourofpowerkssu.tumblr.com), and Twitter (@hourofpowerkssu).