Last November, UNH‘s Student Committee on Popular Entertainment (SCOPE) announced that Northern Irish indie rock trio Two Door Cinema Club would be headlining the first show of the 2011-2012 school year. Unsurprisingly, almost no one on campus had heard of the band and those who had didn’t think TDCC was worth seeing live. As such, ticket sales were low and in spite of the band’s stellar energy and performance, the audience wasn’t nearly as into it as they could have been.
Fast forward to last night, Sunday, Sept. 30, at the House of Blues Boston: Two Door Cinema Club played a nearly sold-out show to a crowd so raucous that lead vocalist Alex Trimble commented, “I like all the dancing. I want to see more of it.”
The band just released its second album, Beacon, an impressive follow-up to the pretty much flawless Tourist History (2010). Sunday’s show featured a perfect balance of old and new tracks with only one song glaringly missing from the set list (“Cigarettes in the Theatre”). Some of the highlights included “Handshake” from Beacon and “Do You Want it All?” from Tourist History. During the latter, it seemed like every single audience member was screaming at the top of their lungs with their hands in the air. It was chilling and beautiful all at once, the type of moment that can only be experienced at a live show and will never quite be forgotten.
House of Blues Boston is one of my absolute favorite venues. Every time I attend a concert there, I have an incredible time and leave with amazing memories. The TDCC show was no exception. I danced my ass off the entire night and had a great time with my friend; there was definitely a thread of fanishness and enthusiasm connecting every single person in that room. It was obvious when dance music started playing after the second opener that the audience was going to go batshit when the trio took the stage, and the room felt like it was exploding every time the band started a new song.
Hats off to Two Door Cinema Club for playing a great show and being so earnest in its crowd interactions. Each member of the band has his own distinct energy and when they work together, that energy becomes a cohesive, palpable monster of beauty that makes it impossible not to respect and love them for what they do. The House of Blues show reminded me why I love going to concerts so much and gave me a whole new appreciation for TDCC, in spite of a terrible first opener and very strange second (well, make that “quirky” — Friends from Brooklyn, N.Y. put on a great show).
Now can I see them again, please?