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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
“Just a few! They couldn’t understand what had happened. I wasn’t really allowed to tell anyone, but I let my mum know two days before and she told my dad – I didn’t want to give them a heart attack! I told the lads as well and warned them there’d be slaps if they breathed a word of it!”
Had he met Danny Boyle – or Sir Danny as he’ll undoubtedly be post-the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List – before?
“No, Rick Smith, who wrote the song, gave Danny Tourist History; he really liked it and made the call.”
If it had been ten years ago, we’d have got Winston Churchill, bowler hats and Phil fucking Collins, but this was a really inclusive modern view of Britain – with added Johnny Rotten!
“Danny made it mental! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more bonkers it did. I loved what he was trying to represent – it was young and independent artists who don’t necessarily get too much mainstream attention. Having David Holmes in there too was brilliant for Northern Ireland.”
“I kept getting messages from friends saying, ‘What the hell is your mate doing up there?’” laughs his guitar-playing colleague Sam Halliday. “They were shocked and also really proud that Alex landed a gig that’s not too far behind Live Aid in terms of the number of people who were watching. Hopefully they’ll hear our tunes on the radio and think, ‘It’s that bloke from the Olympics!’”
Danny Boyle’s isn’t the only career-changing phone call Alex has received over the past 12 months with Gaga’s peeps asking last October whether they might have a few spare hours to remix her Ladyship’s ‘Electric Chapel’.
“You think she’d have gone with big names like David Guetta and Tiesto but, no, it was us, Metronomy, Friendly Fires and Wild Beasts,” Alex enthuses. “We didn’t get to meet her, so I’ve no idea whether it was her or one of her team who picked us. I imagine she was striving to be relevant, but it certainly brought us new fans who liked the music and went to find out what else we’d done.”