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From A Whisper To A Scream
Recording on a Californian mountain top with Jacknife Lee has paid handsome dividends for Two Door Cinema club, with the resulting album, Beacon, storming its way to number one. LA, Azealia Banks, Lady Gaga, Snow Patrol, the Olympics and dressing-room trashing are all on the agenda as Nordy Ireland’s latest chart conquerors shoot the breeze with Stuart Clark.
Stuart Clark, 17 Oct 2012
Was there time for getting shitfaced in the Viper Room?
“No, we were too busy for really bad behaviour,” Trimble rues. “Kev’s girlfriend was there and introduced us to some of her Los Angeles mates. It was important for us in terms of our career to live there and experience America a bit more. Because it’s been non-stop touring and promo we’ve never had time to soak up the atmosphere properly.”
Not always having the broadest of world-views, what do American media types make of Two Door coming from Northern Ireland?
“Some who think they know more than they do try to link us in with the Troubles, but that wasn’t part of our lives really. What’s influenced us is the bands from home we grew up with. Ash would have been huge for me. I’d learn all their songs on guitar and play along with them. They made me believe it was possible because they were from a small town and broke out with these great albums. We’ve gotten to know the guys and Tim in particular, which is totally surreal. He’s still there championing Irish music.”
Do older Nordy outfits like The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers resonate with him?
“The Undertones were before our time but once the Oh Yeah Centre started up ‘Teenage Kicks’ sort of became its anthem. It was a song that united all the bands in Northern Ireland. We missed out on their back catalogue, but it’s something I’m trying to get into now.”
It’s amazing to think that come next summer there could be a second Bangor (by way of Donaghdee!) band playing to 55,000 locals in Ward Park.
“Yeah, I remember when Snow Patrol did that a few years ago – the whole town was buzzing. It’d be amazing if we could follow in their footsteps. We’ve gotten in touch with Gary Lightbody through Jacknife and there’s just so much love between these Northern Irish bands. Jonny loaned us his kit; most of the drums on the album are Snow Patrol’s!”
There is a danger that, á la Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club’s success will alienate their more stamp collector-y fans who don’t like the idea of sharing “their” band with people who buy their records in Tesco.