10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a self-imposed break, the Northern Irish indie trio reinvent. Gameshow finds Two Door Cinema Club embracing sounds and textures of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s with striking results. While the twitchy, neon soul of “Lavender” should appeal to fans of Hot Chip, the plush falsettos and gilded synth lines of “Je Viens de La” make for a sleek, 21st century Bee Gees tribute. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a self-imposed break, the Northern Irish indie trio reinvent. Gameshow finds Two Door Cinema Club embracing sounds and textures of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s with striking results. While the twitchy, neon soul of “Lavender” should appeal to fans of Hot Chip, the plush falsettos and gilded synth lines of “Je Viens de La” make for a sleek, 21st century Bee Gees tribute. 

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

64 Ratings

ALEX TRIMBLE IS THE SEXIEST GINGER ALIVE

JacobHosierMusic,

Alex Trimble, you sexy beast. I know TDCC put blood, sweat, and tears into this record and based on "Are We Ready" and "Bad Decisions" it's safe to say this album will make me poop myself HARD.

Time for the truth

whytry?24,

Alright, I've been a TDCC fan since their debut ep/album and I could never rate anything they've done under 3 stars (usually instant 5 star review) just due to the fact that they are so talented and have created a great sound for themselves. But why in the world did they go and change that here? This isn't TDCC, this is daft punk. There is a lack of the prominent guitar riffs and clean guitar tone that has been overtaken by a lackluster keyboard effect that strays from the past ambient keyboard style they used to go for. Way too electro-pop and not the old peppy but still technically alt. Pop/rock that they used to put out. Also Alex Trimble pushes his vocal limits every song which isn't necessary, regardless of his beautiful falsetto voice. It's redundant. I'm not pleading for TDCC to put out the same album every time and just put a different cover on the front, but for them to remember the sound that popularized them because it was fresh and stressed vocal melodies and guitar riffs, not overpowering keyboard effects and fully electronic music. Also the percussion was much less inventive on this album than the last two.

About Two Door Cinema Club

Mixing electronic polish with guitar-driven hooks à la Phoenix and the Postal Service, Bangor and Donaghadee, Northern Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club feature singer/guitarist/programmer Alex Trimble, guitarist/singer Sam Halliday, and bassist/singer Kevin Baird. Trimble and Halliday met in school, and met Baird through mutual friends. The trio began playing as Two Door Cinema Club in 2007 and skipped going to university to focus on the band. Fortunately, the gamble paid off -- the band's debut EP, Four Words to Stand On, was released in January 2009 by the hip French label Kitsuné to positive reviews and music blog buzz, which grew with the release of April's single "Something Good Can Work." That summer, Two Door Cinema Club recorded their debut album in London's Eastcote Studios with Eliot James, which they mixed with producer Philippe Zdar in Paris that fall. The group's remixes of Phoenix's "Lasso" and Chew Lips' "Salt Air" also appeared that year, and by 2009's end, the group was among the acts featured in the BBC Sound of 2010 Poll. Another single, "Undercover Martyn," arrived in January 2010, shortly before the band's first full-length Tourist History was released.

In 2012, Two Door Cinema Club returned with its sophomore album, the Jacknife Lee-produced Beacon. Generally well-received, the album hit the number one spot on the Irish album charts, and number two in the United Kingdom. It featured the two singles "Sleep Alone" and "Sun," and preceded a short documentary about the band, entitled What We See, which followed the trio on tour during the summer of 2012. It was a wait of four years before the band's third effort materialized. Arriving in summer 2016, Gameshow featured the lead single "Are We Ready? (Wreck)," and the band undertook a string of high-profile festival appearances -- including Glastonbury -- to promote the new release. ~ Heather Phares

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