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Review: Two Door Cinema Club Shine “Beacon” Of Indie Alt Rock on Sophomore Effort


Indie Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club return with full electropop force on their sophomore record “Beacon”, the follow up to their well-received debut “Tourist History”.

The band, composed of Sam Halliday (lead guitar), Alex Trimble (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Kevin Baird (bass), indulge in some pop-infused indie rock, complete with high-tempo beats and Trimble’s light, steady pitch.

The cool effect of the record is that it maintains a coherent sound but can experiment with different moods and tempos successfully, something that can become rare in a music industry full of digitized sounds. For example, “Next Year” kicks off the record with reminiscences of contemporaries like Foster the People and Fun., with plucking guitars a la Vampire Weekend and syncopated drum beats highlighting Trimble’s soft vocals. On the other hand, “Handshake”, a true indie alt track, stresses a darker sound, more minor chords and a slower, more drawing guitar and keyboard sound.

Songs like “Wake Up” and current single “Sleep Alone” are peppy and upbeat, while “Spring” is slower and more sedate. Additionally, “Pyramid” and the title track are more rock fused, compared to some of the more pop-friendly sounds of the other tracks.

But, again, the entire album maintains its own voice despite the contrasting song styles. They mesh together to make a fluid sound of great indie-pop that stands out among the rest.

Two Door Cinema Club begins the North American leg of their tour on September 28th. No Florida date has been announced, but for more information, check out the band on Facebook and on their website:

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