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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
“There are some people we’d have said ‘no’ to but Lady Gaga’s just a great pop star,” adds drummer Kevin Baird who not to be outdone by Alex’s quiff has added a beard to his hairy accoutrements. “She was using us and we were using her, I guess!”
A person they did get to meet when they headed out on the NME Awards tour with her in January is Amanda Brunker’s mate Azealia Banks. What did they make of the hip hop riddle wrapped up inside an enigma?
“She’s mental!” is the Trimble verdict. “Totally bonkers! We didn’t get the chance to hang out with her much because she was so busy. It’s taken us a few years to get to where we are now, but she just blew up overnight. I remember talking to Azealia one day and in between gigs she’d flown to Paris for a video shoot which involved riding round the streets on a horse! It was Fashion Week as well, so she’d run off stage, jump into a car and drive back to London for all these events and parties. I thought, ‘I don’t know how you do all this at once.’ It was a bit terrifying.”
Alex’s assertion that “she seems to be breezing through it with confidence” was undermined somewhat a few weeks ago when post-Spanish champagne ‘n’ wine binge Ms. Banks declared herself to be “exhausted” and pulled a number of festival appearances including the Electric Picnic. Let’s hope that we’re not witnessing the birth of the new Amy Winehouse.
“It takes a certain character to take all that on at once,” he reflects. “We’re not those kind of people. We needed to take baby steps. We’re super-confident playing our own songs because we got that time to develop when we were younger. We’d practice five days a week, working really, really hard to be the best band we could be.”
There must have been brown trouser moments like doing Later… With Jools Holland for the first time or finding themselves on the same Glasto stage as U2, Coldplay and Beyoncé.
“Because it’s happened gradually, it just seems like the next step on the ladder,” Ken proffers. “Some of these things are crazy but you don’t get time to process them… well, not until we get three or four days at home and you go, ‘Fuck, I was on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury!’ It all gets blocked out until that moment sat on the sofa where you kind of crumble in front of yourself.”