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Alternative & Indie - Released March 1, 2010 | Kitsuné

Alternative & Indie - Released October 18, 2010 | Kitsuné

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Pop - Released June 14, 2019 | Prolifica Inc.

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When Two Door Cinema Club walked out onto the Other Stage at Glastonbury in 2010, the band were not expecting to find tens of thousands of adoring fans waiting for them to play Tourist History, their recently released debut album. It was with this that their unexpected rise to stardom began. This surprising journey, from their rapid rise and headlining major festivals, to their abrupt hiatus at the height of their glory and sudden return to obscurity, is perhaps the best way to characterise this Northern Irish trio. Singer Alex Trimble was burnt out and exhausted from incessant touring, triggering a reflective pause for TDCC. They returned three years later with Gameshow, an album that was received lukewarmly by critics. Lesser bands would have taken this tepid reception as an indication to go back to their roots, back to the same Bloc Party indie-rock energy propelled largely by Alex Trimble and Sam Halliday’s post-punk guitars. But rather than looking to recapture the unattainable exuberance of their first breakthrough, the three Irishmen do quite the opposite. False Alarm is clearly in keeping with the art-pop and synth-wave sounds that were already emerging in 2016, as can be seen on tracks like Bad Decisions and Ordinary. On Once, the opening track, these same guitars are relegated to the bottom of the mix, almost drowned out by synth arrangements à la Dépêche Mode. On Satisfaction Guaranteed, Kevin Baird’s bass triggers an infectious groove, interspersed by a masterful break in which Trimble's voice seems to fly into the highest layers of the stratosphere: his aerial falsetto being a potent example of the band’s evolution since their formation in 2007. By distancing themselves further from their origins, False Alarm certainly signifies a stylistic risk taken by a band from whom we would expect nothing less. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 3, 2012 | Kitsuné

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 14, 2016 | Parlophone UK

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Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club transform into a glitzy disco and synth pop-infused powerhouse on their third studio album, 2016's Gameshow. Having garnered favorable attention for their infectious, dance-rock-heavy 2010 debut, Tourist History, the trio of singer/guitarist/programmer Alex Trimble, guitarist/singer Sam Halliday, and bassist/singer Kevin Baird immediately began expanding their sound on their follow-up, 2012's Beacon. However, where that album found them maturing with a softer musical palette and weightier emotionalism, Gameshow is a dynamic shift away from the buoyantly kinetic guitar-based approach of their first two albums. Which isn't to say they've completely abandoned their post-punk roots; tracks like the ferocious "Gameshow" and the dynamic "Surgery" are a perfect balance of Scary Monsters-era David Bowie and Seven and the Ragged Tiger-era Duran Duran. That said, the lion's share of Gameshow is filled with pulsing, neon-toned dance numbers that sound equal parts Giorgio Moroder and '70s Bee Gees. While name-dropping influences feels a bit too easy for the high quality of songwriting on display on Gameshow, the enthusiastic nature by which Two Door Cinema Club have clearly gravitated toward these old-school dance club sounds is worth mentioning. In that sense, the metamorphosis from garagey post-punk to hip, R&B-inflected disco also brings to mind the similar trajectory of contemporary acts like France's Phoenix and Canada's Arcade Fire. Thankfully, the album never sounds like a retro pastiche, and instead the band has found a sweet spot between vintage cool and modern sophistication. These are vibrant productions courtesy of Beacon helmer Jacknife Lee, who frames Trimble's yearning tenor croon with juicy laser-beam synths, Halliday's kinetic Nile Rodgers-esque guitars, and Baird's hip-swaying bass riffs. Cuts like "Bad Decisions" and "Fever" are catchy, falsetto-heavy groovers that bring to mind a mix of the Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and Off the Wall-era Michael Jackson. Similarly, the romantic and sad-eyed "Invincible" sounds amazingly like a Justin Timberlake ballad if produced by ELO's Jeff Lynne. With Gameshow, Two Door Cinema Club ultimately balance a growing pop maturity with a stylish strut worthy of Saturday Night Fever's Tony Manero. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 5, 2020 | Prolifica Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 15, 2020 | Prolifica Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 14, 2016 | Parlophone UK

Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club transform into a glitzy disco and synth pop-infused powerhouse on their third studio album, 2016's Gameshow. Having garnered favorable attention for their infectious, dance-rock-heavy 2010 debut, Tourist History, the trio of singer/guitarist/programmer Alex Trimble, guitarist/singer Sam Halliday, and bassist/singer Kevin Baird immediately began expanding their sound on their follow-up, 2012's Beacon. However, where that album found them maturing with a softer musical palette and weightier emotionalism, Gameshow is a dynamic shift away from the buoyantly kinetic guitar-based approach of their first two albums. Which isn't to say they've completely abandoned their post-punk roots; tracks like the ferocious "Gameshow" and the dynamic "Surgery" are a perfect balance of Scary Monsters-era David Bowie and Seven and the Ragged Tiger-era Duran Duran. That said, the lion's share of Gameshow is filled with pulsing, neon-toned dance numbers that sound equal parts Giorgio Moroder and '70s Bee Gees. While name-dropping influences feels a bit too easy for the high quality of songwriting on display on Gameshow, the enthusiastic nature by which Two Door Cinema Club have clearly gravitated toward these old-school dance club sounds is worth mentioning. In that sense, the metamorphosis from garagey post-punk to hip, R&B-inflected disco also brings to mind the similar trajectory of contemporary acts like France's Phoenix and Canada's Arcade Fire. Thankfully, the album never sounds like a retro pastiche, and instead the band has found a sweet spot between vintage cool and modern sophistication. These are vibrant productions courtesy of Beacon helmer Jacknife Lee, who frames Trimble's yearning tenor croon with juicy laser-beam synths, Halliday's kinetic Nile Rodgers-esque guitars, and Baird's hip-swaying bass riffs. Cuts like "Bad Decisions" and "Fever" are catchy, falsetto-heavy groovers that bring to mind a mix of the Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and Off the Wall-era Michael Jackson. Similarly, the romantic and sad-eyed "Invincible" sounds amazingly like a Justin Timberlake ballad if produced by ELO's Jeff Lynne. With Gameshow, Two Door Cinema Club ultimately balance a growing pop maturity with a stylish strut worthy of Saturday Night Fever's Tony Manero. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Pop - Released September 27, 2013 | Parlophone UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 29, 2016 | Parlophone UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 22, 2010 | Kitsuné

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Dance - Released October 28, 2016 | Parlophone UK

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Pop - Released March 18, 2019 | Prolifica Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 21, 2019 | Prolifica Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 23, 2018 | [PIAS] Cooperative

New music? Not quite, it's the debut EP of Two Door Cinema Club, Four Words To Stand On, released for streaming 10 years since its original conception. The Northern Irishmen have pulled this EP out of the wordworks with three original demos of some of their biggest hits, including the smash hit Undercover Martyn from their debut album Tourist History. As well as these demos, the band have gifted us with two unheard tracks, with New Houses and Standing on Ghosts, a real treat for its die hard fans. Written and produced back when they were sixteen years old and in secondary school in County Down, the EP comes along with a mini documentary of one of the groups first concerts in Belfast back in 2008. There’s a real nostalgic feel to this compilation as the trio display their raw talents and uncanny ability to have some of the catchiest guitar riffs and choruses around. Jump around, sway from side to side and enjoy! © Aidan Nickerson/ Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 24, 2019 | Prolifica Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 23, 2009 | Kitsuné

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 15, 2016 | Parlophone UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 3, 2012 | Kitsuné