For a band signed to Kitsune I was surprised to see just how many guitars were being lined up at side stage; most of my experience with Two Door Cinema Club is based on floods of remixes, and their album ploughs with a kind of mechanical relentlessness, which is possibly a ridiculous way of saying they might have used electronic drum sounds.
The drum kit on stage kicked against these familiarities straight away; TDCC had returned to Leeds intent on rocking the house. The sold out show seemed to have pumped the adrenaline of the three whose names we knew – who upped the tempo of their more familiar tracks such as What You Know and Undercover Martyn.
Being completely honest with both you and myself, I found the majority of the tracks indistinguishable in my memory. Possibly we were seeing the ‘dance/electronic’ influence, but the simple rhythms, lyrical repetition (such as on Do You Want It All), chopped vocals and sonically similar chorus’ served to blend my memory into one roughly hour long song.
Far from a criticism, TDCC seem to have a purity to their sound; they grip the audience with a youthful spirit. They really seem like they’ve stuck together, worked this out and developed a pop-punch sound that wasn’t particularly trendy until everyone started to love it. The lead singer charms with a kind of shy-but-serious self belief to his performance. They seem to capture this kind of ‘Skins’ magic-where people live for heart bursting moments, ignoring logic and art. They hit hard and it’s over quickly.
For me, the real show was the lead guitarist, Sam. During interviews his voice barely trembles into and audible murmur, but on stage his emotions are dancing, and with his axe he slashed at the crowd. Cutting into our subconscious so much that the mob is whipped into singing along to his almost trademark solos; which incidentally felt like the whole gig. This feature gives TDCC a kind of double lead vocal line. Almost like a kind of more likeable Razorlight on ‘America’.
However, maybe the Skins generation aren’t looking this far ahead, but it’s hard to imagine TDCC developing further from this album. The immaturity to their music raises questions about how much depth they have. Indeed, at times, it felt like a lot of their stage energy could be based on frustration of touring the same set of songs. But then when almost every track on your album sounds like a lead single, why not milk it?
Which I suppose encompasses the success of the gig. Whilst cynics might yet be willing to pencil them in as a ‘great’ band; they’re doing what they love to do; and in the process, are stealing the hearts of a wide social spectrum of the public, securing fan-bases and returning to cities like Leeds with loyalty and respect. I would definitely book early for their next sweep. New material or old, it will be a great night.
Taken from Leeds Music Scene.