Two Door Cinema Club

Back at the end of October, Lincoln Hall was packed as Northern Irish band Two Door Cinema Club played a sold out show. Having discovered them mid-2009, I had long anticipated seeing them live. Their last attempt at a Chicago debut was foiled when, in February, the giant ash cloud prevented the members from leaving Ireland. Better late than never, right?

The show opened up with the L.A. based, post-punk band Funeral Party. Their fairly brief set was energetic and smooth. Lead singer Chad Elliott sang with an intensity that painted a picture if you listened hard enough. His vocals could get a bit whiny at parts, but nonetheless, he projected a very full and supported sound. While significantly different vocally, the similarities to Two Door Cinema Club in the music itself made Funeral Party a great show starter.

It continued with a set from the Cincinnati band, Bad Veins. Notorious for dressing in vintage army apparel at their shows, Benjamin Davis and Sebastien Schultz gave a performance that I would refer to as “progressive.” While it was evident that these boys are passionate about what they’re doing, my initial impression of them was that they were just alright. The audience, myself included, seemed to feign an enthusiasm that was polite at most. However, as different components–Davis’s earnest vocals and the old fashioned telephone through which they filtered, in particular–fell hand-in-hand, their performance and their artistry grew on me.

Two Door Cinema Club began their performance with their hit single “Undercover Martyn,” much to the enthusiasm of the packed in crowd. Initially, their sound seemed to be missing something, a guitar or more distortion, perhaps. But as the band warmed up and fell into their groove, their electric indie rock prevailed. The show continued with some new, untitled music, as well as some older material (Kids) and a b-side track (Costume Party). Lead singer Alex Trimble did a hell of a job switching between his guitar and his synthesizer for various songs.

The great thing about TDCC is that every song is a culmination of addictive guitar riffs and drum beats which bring out the dancer in you. I found it fascinating to watch the people around me who, earlier in the night, were reserved and solemn, but turned into happy, energetic individuals as the band played through their twelve song set.

The show concluded with an encore performance of TDCC’s song, “I Can Talk.” The band was extremely gracious towards the Chicago crowd and were thrilled that they could finally play the great Windy City. It’ll be great to see their progression and success further on in the future. Meanwhile, pick up their album “Tourist History,” and experience the electronic indie rock infusion Europe has introduced to us.

Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk

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