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Loved by Latvians and lauded by the music press, Bangor’s Two Door Cinema Club talk skinny dipping, recording sessions and more
Edwin McFee, 07 Sep 2009
Just a few short weeks ago, some rather interesting rumours started to circulate regarding Bangor three-piece Two Door Cinema Club. Already a hit with the tastemakers across Europe, the boys’ career has skyrocketed of late. But after hearing stories of semi-nude cavorting in sunny Latvia, we’re starting to wonder if it’s all going to their heads.
“I’m not going to confirm or deny that story,” laughs Two Door head honcho Kev Baird. “Ok, they had this lovely beach in Latvia and we decided that since we had a day off we’d take a train to it and chill out for a bit. We fancied a swim, but sadly didn’t have any swimming shorts or towels. So we thought 'fuck it, we’re only in Latvia once.' We rented a peddle boat and went out to sea in our boxers. Seriously, I think we were the only English speaking people on the whole beach. We were so out of place and looked so white and pasty jumping off the peddle boat. We probably looked pretty gay, but ah well.”
It may be a bit of a cliché, but Two Door Cinema Club appear to be quite a success in Latvia already. Even though they’re only in the recording stage of their first album, the young upstarts are certainly making all the right moves.
“Latvia was crazy. It’s such a mad place. None of us knew very much about it other than that we were asked to play a festival there and we were the second headliners on the second stage. We were thinking, ‘Oh shit, no-one’s going to know who we are and it’s going to be awful’, but we turned up anyway.
“The night before we walked around the city centre to have a look about and people kept coming up to us and saying: (adopts comedy East European accent): ‘Are you Two Door Cinema Club?’ and they would then sing some of our songs at us. We found it really fuckin’ weird and to our surprise it went on all night. We had an amazing show the next day and everyone was lovely to us and we really enjoyed ourselves. I definitely recommend going there.”
Naming themselves after the cinema in their hometown, the trio’s heady brew of electro-fuelled indie pop anthems has gained them quite a following since their formation a few years ago. Recent single ‘Something Good Can Work’ helped batter down the doors of Ireland and the UK and, coupled with an extensive amount of touring, the band have found themselves in the enviable position of being backed by French label Kitsune (who have released slabs of wax by La Roux and Digitalism in the past). When we ask Kev about signing on the dotted line for this dream record deal, he seems quite down to earth about the whole thing.