Seeing future sights with the Cinema Club

Posted: July 1, 2011 in Album reviews
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Tourist History

Two Door Cinema Club

Kitsuné Music

Released: 28/02/2010

Had Tourist History debuted two years back, Two Door Cinema Club’s jangly guitar efforts would likely have been inked-on by the dreaded ‘indie landfill’ stamp. As it is with the current R&B domination, the Northern Irish trio’s infectious brand of indie pop is refreshing albeit slightly repetitive on first listen.

Opening track Cigarettes in the Theatre beckons you in with an enticing intro before lapsing into a glorious blitz resembling the sumptuous sound of an F1 car searing through the tunnel at Monaco. “It starts in the theatre, a night of encounters” welcomes adolescent-sounding lead vocalist Alex Trimble in your earpiece.

In truth Trimble’s smooth, effeminate voice is weaker than a tea with three milks yet is strangely complementary to TDCC’s repertoire of catchy riffs and well-assembled choruses that draw comparisons with Editors and Bloc Party.

The 2nd single released off the LP I Can Talk is so addictive that FIFA have recruited it as a soundtrack for 2011. The programmed start descends into a comet-paced synth stream reminiscent of BP’s Flux, driven by an irresistible toe-tapping rhythm of hi-hat.

TDCC – named after a mispronunciation of their hometown Bangor’s Tudor Cinema – demonstrate that the indie guitar genre has belatedly reached the shores of Northern Ireland; challenging the lasting “punk rock” reputation associated with their country thanks to The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers.

Come Back Home contains shades of Friendly Fires’ intelligent, bouncing house pop that appeals to all while Something Good Can Work is such a bright, celebratory summer affair that it rivals any given Vampire Weekend number for the happiness it instils within the listener.

Do You Want It All? has a dreamy quality like the following This is The Life which is the sort of uplifting, tranquil song that transports you atop a fluffy white tropospheric cloud in your mind’s eye.

Obvious criticisms of Tourist History include the repetition of some rather meaningless lyrics which are summed up in Eat That Up, It’s Good For You when Trimble paradoxically proclaims “It’s not the same”. This is easily forgiven in Under Cover Martyn – the opening line “she spoke words that would melt in your hands” simply craves a relaying festival audience.

Overall, TDCC – a talented band shortlisted for BBC’s Sound of 2010 – have created a polished first attempt in Tourist History and have scope for future success with their lightning fast guitar bursts and happiness-exuding melodies. Can they lead an indie revival?

Rating: 7 out of 10

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