Two Door Cinema Club
|Two Door Cinema Club|
Two Door Cinema Club performing at The Shop at Bluebird in London in 2009. From left to right: Sam Halliday, Alex Trimble, Kevin Baird
|Origin||Bangor/Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland|
|Genres||Indie rock, dance-punk, synthpop, new wave, post-punk revival|
|Labels||Kitsuné, Glassnote, Cooperative|
Two Door Cinema Club are a Northern Irish indie rock band from Bangor and Donaghadee, County Down, formed in 2007. The band consists of Sam Halliday (lead guitar, backing vocals), Alex Trimble (vocals, rhythm guitar, beats, synths) and Kevin Baird (bass, backing vocals).
The band's debut album, Tourist History, was released on 1 March 2010 by French independent record label Kitsuné Music. In the United States, where the band are signed to Glassnote Records, the album was released on 27 April 2010. Tourist History was selected for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year (2010) the following year.
Trimble and Halliday first met while attending Bangor Grammar School; the pair later met Baird while he was flirting with girls who were known to his future bandmates. The three first performed as a band at the age of 16 on ATL Rock School under the name Life Without Rory; the band finished in last place. Life Without Rory recorded three demos before disbanding, two of which are still on the band's inactive MySpace page, while the third ("You Missed the Point") can be viewed on YouTube.
Trimble, Halliday and Baird formed another band shortly after the demise of their first musical project; on this occasion, a permanent drummer was not included. The new band's name was taken from Halliday's mispronunciation of the name of the local cinema, the Tudor Cinema; in 2007, Two Door Cinema Club were formed. Following an increased interest in the band's social network page, the three members forewent their university places and commenced work on studio material.
Early EP 
An EP entitled Four Words to Stand On was released in January 2009 and received attention on a number of websites. The EP was self recorded and produced and was mixed and mastered by Ryan Mitchell.
Debut album 
In July 2009, Two Door Cinema Club began recording its debut album at Eastcote Studios in London, with Eliot James. In September 2009, the band began mixing the record with Phillipe Zdar at Motorbass, Zdar's studio in Paris.
In January 2010, Two Door Cinema Club announced the track listing and details of the band's debut album in an interview with NME. The album, entitled Tourist History, was released on 26 February 2010 in the Republic of Ireland, 1 March 2010 in the United Kingdom and 27 April 2010 in the U.S. The album was also preceded by the singles "Something Good Can Work", "I Can Talk" and "Undercover Martyn".
Subsequent works 
In April 2012, the band's official Twitter account revealed that a second album was near completion. On 20 June 2012, the band announced Beacon as the title of their second studio album, along with a release date of 3 September 2012 in the UK and 4 September elsewhere. Jacknife Lee, responsible for producing artists such as U2, R.E.M., Snow Patrol and Bloc Party, produced the album.
On 19 July 2012, "Sleep Alone" was selected as the lead single from Beacon and a "Sleep Alone" SoundCloud player was embedded on the NME site, allowing readers to listen to the single on 19 July 2012; however, the single was not officially released until 21 July. The accompanying music video for the single was uploaded to the band's YouTube channel on 8 August.
In early October 2012, it was announced that the second single to be released from Beacon was to be "Sun"; which was released on 18 November. The video for "Sun" had made its debut on the band's YouTube channel on 11 October 2012.
Following the release of Beacon, the band released a four-part tour documentary entitled What We See. Filmed by Gregg Houston from Babysweet Sessions, a company that is friends with the band, the documentary accompanies the band members as they undertake a 2012 European summer tour prior to the release of the sophomore album. Bassist Baird explained, in relation to the film: "Our good friends at Babysweet followed us around for a few weeks so our fans could get an idea of what life is really like for us on the road. Take a peek inside our average day."
"Something Good Can Work" was used on The Inbetweeners episode "Home Alone" in 2010 and both "Something Good Can Work" and "Do You Want It All" were used in the 2011 film Chalet Girl. Also in Thai Documentary "Wish Us Luck" in 2013
"Sleep Alone" was also featured in season four of The Vampire Diaries. "Pyramid" was used in an episode of Waterloo Road.
"Something Good Can Work" and "Undercover Martyn" featured on television advertisements for Vodafone and Meteor. "Sleep Alone" and "Next Year" were featured on the playlist of the clothing retailer Hollister Co. during the autumn season of 2012.
A television commercial for Designers at Debenhams, in which designers Henry Holland, Jasper Conran and Julien Macdonald displayed their new season range for "Autumn 2012", features the song "This Is The Life"; the song had been used in previous Designers at Debenhams advertisements.
Video games 
"Undercover Martyn" was featured on the soundtrack of Gran Turismo 5, while "I Can Talk" is featured on the soundtrack of FIFA 11 and NBA 2K11. The song "Sleep Alone" appears on the FIFA 13 soundtrack.
Tourist History was announced as the winner of the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2010 at Vicar Street on 3 March 2011; the band revealed that the award was its first. They donated the prize money to Abaana, a Northern Ireland-based charity from their hometown. Two Door Cinema Club also won the Breaking Woodie from mtvU.
In the 2010 Triple J Hottest 100, "Undercover Martyn" came in at number 21 and "I Can Talk" was at number 72. In the 2012 Triple J Hottest 100,"Sun" came in at number 37 and "Sleep Alone" was at number 90.
As a support act 
In the live performance arena, Two Door Cinema Club has opened for other musical acts, such as autoKratz, Delphic, Foals, Phoenix and Metronomy. They opened for Phoenix during the band's 2010 U.S. tour.
Two Door Cinema Club performed at the Canadian festival Edgefest (with Have Heart) in 2008.
Following the release of Tourist History the band toured the UK and Ireland in March 2010. The band also played at several May Balls at the University of Cambridge in June 2010, including the Jesus College ball.
The band performed at numerous festivals in 2010, including the iTunes Festival, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage at T in the Park, the NME Stage at Reading Festival and Leeds Festival, the main stage at Oxegen, Southside Festival, Hurricane Festival, the Benicassim festival, the Splendour in the Grass Australian festival and the Electric Picnic festival in Ireland. A 2010 eastern tour involved the band performing in Australia, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
On 13 January 2011, Two Door Cinema Club commenced a two-week co-headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada with Tokyo Police Club; support came from bands such as Work Drugs and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.
Following a 2010 announcement, Two Door Cinema Club performed at the Orange Evolution Festival in 2011. The band played at numerous other festivals including the Glastonbury Festival, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Isle of Wight Festival, Oxegen, the Parklife Festival, Lollapalooza, the Reading and Leeds Festivals, the Paredes de Coura in Portugal, the Open'er Festival and the Virgin Mobile FreeFest in Columbia, Maryland.
Following the summer festival season of 2011, the band toured again in the U.S. for three weeks and then worked on a second album in a home studio in Glasgow. The band then toured again in America in November and December 2011, before continuing onto the festival season.
In addition to Portugal's SW TMN Festival, the band performed at the 2012 Reading and Leeds Festivals, Bestival on the Isle of Wight, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, and the A Perfect Day Festival in Verona.
Two Door Cinema Club embarked on a full UK tour in 2013, starting in Belfast (18 January) and finishing at London's Brixton Academy (8 February) accompanied by Bastille and Swim Deep. The band then commenced on a three week European tour, in Zurich with support from Dog Is Dead and The 1975. In addition to this, the band played their biggest London show yet at Alexandra Palace on 27 April. At least two summer festivals are confirmed for 2013, including Scotland's T in the Park, Portugal's Optimus alive as well as making their fourth appearance at Glastonbury. Two Door Cinema Club has also been mentioned within a list of supposedly fake band names in Jimmy Kimmel's Lie Witness News interviews at Coachella. and Colombia's Estéreo Picnic.
Other projects 
In July 2012,Alex Trimble participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, singing "Caliban's Dream", a song written by Underworld’s Rick Smith. Trimble revealed in an interview that filmmaker Danny Boyle, who had been commissioned as the event's "ceremony chief", had selected the singer for the role to sing at the ceremony. Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Trimble described the phone call that he received from his manager in relation to the request:
"The call woke me up and I was half asleep and hungover. He told me Danny wanted me to perform a song at the Olympics. I listened and then went back to sleep. When I woke up I actually thought the call had been a dream. But when my manager called back I obviously said, ‘Yes’."
- Alex Trimble – lead vocals, guitar, beats synths 03/10/89
- Sam Halliday – lead guitar, vocals 26/07/89
- Kevin Baird – bass, vocals, synths02/08/89
- Touring and recording member
- Benjamin Thompson – drums
Studio albums 
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.|
|2009||"Something Good Can Work"||56||—||—||18||—||Tourist History|
|"I Can Talk"||139||—||—||—||—|
|"Come Back Home"||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011||"What You Know"||64||16||—||—||22|
|"This Is the Life"||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.|
Music videos 
- Something Good Can Work (Version 1)
- Something Good Can Work (Version 2)
- I Can Talk
- Undercover Martyn (Version 1)
- Undercover Martyn (Version 2)
- Come Back Home
- What You Know
- This Is the Life
- Sleep Alone
- Next Year
- Four Words to Stand On (EP, 20 January 2009; Kitsuné Music)
|1.||"Cigarettes in the Theatre"||3:34|
|2.||"Do You Want It All?"||3:30|
|5.||"Standing on Ghosts"||3:30|
- Phoenix – "Lasso" (Two Door Cinema Club Remix) (2009 V2 Records)
- Chew Lips – "Salt Air" (Two Door Cinema Club Dui Remix) (2009 Kitsuné Music)
- Young the Giant – "My Body" (Two Door Cinema Club Remix) (2010 Roadrunner)
- Kowalski – "Outdoors" (Two Door Cinema Club Remix) (2011 Everybody's Stalking Records)
- Lady Gaga – "Electric Chapel" (Two Door Cinema Club Remix)
- Lady Gaga – "Poker Face"
- The Strokes - Last Nite (with Tokyo Police Club)
- Kitsuné Maison Compilation 7 – "Something Good Can Work" (CD, 2009 Kitsuné Music)
- Kitsuné Maison Compilation 8 – "I Can Talk (Moulinex Remix)" (CD, 2009 Kitsuné Music)
- Kitsuné: Gildas & Masaya – Tokyo – "I Can Talk (Moulinex Remix)" (CD, 2010 Kitsuné Music)
- Kitsuné Maison Compilation 9 – "Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)" (CD, 2010 Kitsuné Music)
- Kitsuné x Ponystep (Mixed by Jerry Bouthier) – "I Can Talk (French Horse Rebellion Remix)" (CD, 2010 Kitsuné Music)
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