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Two Door Cinema Club is made up of (from left) Sam Halliday, Alex Trimble and Kevin Baird. The band will be playing at the Urbanscapes festival in Malaysia this month.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: The Irish indie-pop outfit has no qualms about going mainstream.
GONE are the days when Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club (TTDC) performed at old, musty pubs barely filled with (drunk) listeners.
After its debut release Tourist History in 2010, the band – comprising Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday and Kevin Baird – shot to fame, climbing music charts around the world and bagging the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year.
By the time the lads rolled out their second album, Beacon, in 2012, the band’s music has been used many times over in films, TV commercials and videogames. Even Academy Award-winning film director Danny Boyle, who was the artistic director of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, chose Trimble to perform at the grand international sporting event.
These days, TDCC is busy shuffling between cities around the world, performing before thousands of screaming fans at a time. “We don’t get back to Ireland very often, but when we do it’s mostly time spent hanging out with our families and drinking Guinness,” vocalist and bassist Baird told Star2 in an e-mail interview.
The band is involved in more than 40 music festivals this year alone.
With the band’s meteoric rise, some are concerned if it will water-down its one-of-a-kind electro-pop stylings to appeal to the masses.
Baird said candidly, “It is such an irrational concept to us. We’re doing what we’ve always done. We write music we love and play shows. If more people start liking the music and more people start coming to the shows, how can that be a negative thing?
“We wrote Undercover Martyn in 2007 and not many people knew about it until 2010. Many more people know about it in 2013. It is exactly the same song now as it was then. Humans are fickle. They want to feel like they like something no one else does because that means it is cool. Then when more people start to like the song that they like, they throw demerit onto us for ‘selling out’. Irrational.”
TDCC announced in July that the trio has left French independent label, Kitsuné, and signed with major recording label, Parlophone Records (which is now under Warner Music) who has a repertoire of artistes ranging from Coldplay to Kylie Minogue.
“We had four great long years with Kitsuné and we left on great terms. We felt it was time for a new beginning and challenge, so we opted for a new contract with Parlophone,” Baird explained.
He went on to share that they “wanted a label that could push us more internationally” but assured fans that doesn’t necessarily mean a change in TDCC’s musical direction. Nevertheless, he added the band is always experimenting with new sounds anyway.
Asked if the move to a bigger label will result in limited control in making their own creative decisions, Baird responded, “This is the reason that we didn’t sign with a major label from the beginning. We needed time to grow and express ourselves. We’re in a position now that we have a following and we’ve sold records. We know what we’re doing and Parlophone respects that.”
The group recently released an EP, Changing Of The Seasons, under its new label. Baird said the band has started the process of writing materials for its third album, due possibly in 2015.
TDCC will be performing in Malaysia at the annual creative arts festival, Urbanscapes. He assured festival-goers, “They can look forward to an energetic show. We love playing live, especially to people who’ve never seen us before. It’ll be pretty obvious that we’re having a good time up onstage.”
>> Urbanscapes Big Weekend will be held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Selangor on Nov 23 and 24. Tickets, priced at RM 227 (pre-sale), RM247 (regular sale) RM397 (all-access pass), can be purchased online at ticketpro.com.my or at selected music stores around the Klang Valley. Tickets to the Satellite Shows at KL Live are also available at RM177. For more information, visit urbanscapes.com.my.
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