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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
The Two Door Cinema Club sat before me today appear to be the best of friends, but having spent pretty much the whole of 2008 to 2011 on varying sizes of tour bus there must have been some smelly feet and dirty toilet-related bust-ups.
“We’re not the offenders when it comes to that sort of thing,” Alex reveals. “We have some filthy crew. We love them, they’re our friends but they’re not the best at personal hygiene.”
“It used to be whoever was willing to work for a pittance, but now we can afford to have a constant crew who’ve become our road family,” Sam takes-over. “We’ve made characters of them on our blog. Brendan, the youngest member, is this little excitable Essex lad we call ‘The Kid’. Then there’s our sound engineer who’s in his 50s and seen everything; he’s got all the stories. If anyone gets on anyone else’s nerves there’s somebody else you can go and talk to, which wasn’t the case in the early days when it was just the three of us. It did sort of become unhealthy at one point being in each other’s pockets so much.”
“This is the first time in the history of Two Door that we’ve lived apart,” Ken notes. “That’s added a little more normality as well.”
Inveterate road warriors that they are, can they better Thin Lizzy man Ricky Warwick’s story about a member of his former band, The Almighty, chopping up a line of their 65-year-old bus driver’s chronic Athlete’s Foot and snorting it as the forfeit for losing a bet?
“I think I might throw up, that’s disgusting!” Alex blanches. “We don’t want to ruin our nice schoolboy image, you know? Does it have to be horrible?”
Ideally but I’ll settle for plain stupid.
“Oh, we’ve done lots of stupid things! Mostly when we’re socialising with other bands and turn into children. I don’t know how this happened – it started off as a pillow fight and turned into a completely destroyed dressing-room with broken glass and everything. Mumford & Sons’ crew were involved. Every now and again something typically rock ‘n’ roll happens. The fire extinguishers come out!”