Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club

St. Lucia, Smallpools

Sat, October 5, 2013

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:45 pm

Royale

Boston, MA

$30

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Two Door Cinema Club
Two Door Cinema Club
Beacon (noun): A fire or light set up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.

Two Door Cinema Club couldn’t have picked a more apt name for their second album.

Their 11-song opus sees them leapfrog their former peers, at the same time shining a light on both their supernatural songwriting talent and dazzling growth as a band.
Released just over two years after their award-winning, platinum-selling debut Tourist History, Beacon finds the trio brimming with the kind of confidence only performing in front of hundreds of thousands of fans, on every continent, can bring.
Recorded in five months with Garett ‘Jacknife’ Lee (Weezer, REM, U2) at his studio in Topanga, California, it’s a bold statement of a record. Even more remarkable than its contents is the fact Two Door found the time to make it at all.

“We’ve been touring constantly for two years,” explains the band’s frontman Alex Trimble. “And obviously we wanted to play to everyone that wanted to see us, but the time came when we had to say ‘Enough’ and get to grips with a new record.”

There was an abundance of ideas floating around while the band were travelling but, wise to the pitfalls of writing an album while on the road, the three-piece didn’t rush anything. No one wants to hear clichéd lyrics about hotel rooms and endless coach journeys across the States, meaning the map for what would become Beacon consisted of nothing more than some hastily scribbled notes, Alex’s diary and a bank of melodies he’d hummed into his phone.

“There was a lot of fleshing out to do, but we were amazed how easily things came together,” continues Trimble.

“In Garett, we found our guy, the producer we want to make all our records with. The four of us were completely on the same wavelength. Getting nearer the end of the recording session things were tougher. We wanted the album to have originality and diversity, excitement and consistency.

“We also wanted to push ourselves and feel like we were moving forward, that’s imperative.”

While not writing about their time on tour, movement is one of Beacon’s recurring themes, nowhere more prominent than on opener Next Year and the momentous title track that bookends the record.

Next Year was always destined to open the album; a song about returning somewhere you’ve been before, whether physically or emotionally. Beacon, meanwhile, perhaps the most complex piece Two Door have ever recorded, is one of Alex’s proudest achievements.

“It took a long time to write, and even longer to sound how we wanted. It’s very linear, not a standard verse-verse-chorus song, and at the same time as resolving the album musically, lyrically it leaves things open for album three too.

“You have to think about where you’re going next, and I think we’ve opened up a world of possibilities. There’s definitely more to come.

“That’s something that’s always been prominent in our band. We don’t feel like we’ve made it, no matter what happens, I don’t think we ever will. We’re constantly striving to do better, to work harder, to play to more people.

“That’s the way I always want it to be.”

Alex drew yet another line in the sand when he appeared in the opening ceremony of London 2012, watched by a worldwide audience of billions.

“It was a huge step up for the band,” he says. “It was obviously a great honour and experience, but the timing was impeccable. It was an amazing opportunity we’re hugely grateful for, and it’s made us think about all the other things there are to do.”
And whatever TDCC do achieve, talent, hard work and the mobilisation of an ever-growing fanbase will be responsible rather than industry hype and bottomless marketing budgets.

“Our fans…” he says, referring to the self-styled Basement People, “to say they’re dedicated is an understatement.

“Other people’s faith in what we do is incredible, and it gives us enormous freedom to try new things.

“We concentrate on rewarding that, and continue to do so. We have to carry on pushing the boundaries of what Two Door Cinema Club means.”
St. Lucia
St. Lucia
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Jean-Philip Grobler grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, learning everything from Bach to minimalist opera. St. Lucia was born out of a moment in early 2010 when Grobler was looking to the past for inspiration. Growing frustrated with a rock project that was starting to feel forced, he delved back into the music that had first inspired him: Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel, Madonna and other songs from his youth.
When The Night, the synth-pop outfit’s full-length, expands upon St. Lucia’s unique brand of dreamy, nostalgic pop. The band recently embarked on a headline tour of the US, selling out all 23 shows (including 4 shows in New York City). And this spring, St. Lucia will serve as direct support on Foster The People’s April/May tour.
Grobler remains heavily involved in projects outside of St. Lucia, serving as producer for the debut album by Brooklyn-based labelmates HAERTS, remixing songs for bands including Passion Pit, Foster the People and Charli XCX, and collaborating with DJs ranging from The Knocks to RAC. St. Lucia has recently toured with Ellie Goulding and Charli XCX, performed at festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball and Firefly, not to mention shared stages with fun., Two Door Cinema Club, Young The Giant, The Shins and more.
Smallpools
Smallpools
Los Angeles' foursome Smallpools consists of Sean (vocals/keys), Mike (guitar), Joe (bass) and Beau (drums). Their self-titled debut EP was released this summer and gained them critical acclaim as the first single "Dreaming" shot to #1 of Hype Machine within its first 3 days and is currently climbing the alternative radio charts. To support the EP, the band went on tour with Australia's San Cisco and will head out next with Two Door Cinema Club followed by Walk The Moon in October and Twenty One Pilots in November.

When asked how to describe their vibe, the band said: Smallpools are a group of brothers with ADD working in their dad's factory on an assembly line. Everybody has their roll, but sometimes one will wander into another's department, to help or to frustrate. And every now and again everybody just stops production and plays a game of street fighter.

The working relationship in the band is really unique. Sean and Mike, both from the East Coast, have been friends and toured in various bands for years. While Beau and Joe, of Portland, OR, came to Los Angels to pursue music and within weeks stumbled upon Sean and Mike. The East Coasters definitely bring a different attitude and personality to the music compared to the laid-back “rational rhythm” team, and compliment each other really well, all being a vital part to the sound and dynamic of the band - on and off stage.

“("Mason Jar")...a sepia splash of power-pop that crystallizes into a starscraping smash before the verse even kicks in, as stadium-sized Of Monsters And Men gang vocals ride high on the buoyant flair of Smallpools' youthful, Two Door-esque ebullience.” Neon Gold

Smallpool's self-titled debut EP is out now via RCA Records and the band is currently in the studio recording their full length, which will come out early 2014.
Venue Information:
Royale
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Boston, MA, 02116
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