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Their spiky dancefloor hit ‘I Can Talk’ is fast becoming this year’s ‘A-Punk’ and they’re about to take their extraordinary live show Stateside, piggybacking with the almighty Phoenix. Given that Kanye West, Daft Punk and Wayne Coyne are already fans, where do Bangor trio Two Door Cinema Club go from here? Celina Murphy catches up with the local boys done good.
Celina Murphy, 19 Mar 2010
"Someone mentioned it on Twitter,” begins Alex Trimble, confirming my theory that all good interviews in 2010 should start with a tale of something discovered through the miracle of micro-blogging. “Someone said ‘Two Door Cinema Club are on Kanye’s blog!’ and I thought ‘That’s not actually Kanye West’s blog is it?’ I went on and there we were!”
Bassist Kev Baird chimes in: “Daft Punk told him about us. That’s the best part of the story!”
‘Gildas, who runs (uber trendy French label) Kitsuné is really good mates with Daft Punk and he introduced them to us. They kind of became fans. Then they were talking to their mate Kanye and passed on the word.”
When Hot Press first discovered Two Door Cinema Club last year, they were scruffy, baby-faced teens chugging along with few thankless support slots to their credit. Today, everyone and their nan is buzzing about the jerky trio.
I meet the boys backstage at Dublin’s Academy, where they’re about to join Funeral Suits and The Maccabees for the Dublin leg of the NME Awards tour.
Immaculately rocking the skinny white boy look, they clear a patch for me in a mess of bottles, CDs and hoodies.
“There was never a ‘Holy shit! This was amazing!’ moment,” Trimble muses, “It was slowly building and building. In terms of media attention and other people finding out about what we’re doing, being shortlisted on the BBC Sound of 2010 poll was it. That was pretty big. It meant that thousands of people were going to know who we were.”
Guitarist Sam Halliday pipes up; “Yeah, it kind of shifted from our mums telling us we were good to a big national poll... confirming what our mums thought!’
Two Door Cinema Club formed in County Down nearly three years ago, when these school chums were only 17. Unfortunately, before they could focus on taking the indie world by storm, there were final exams to be sat. “We kind of finished school by about Christmas that year I think,” Halliday jokes.
“Yeah, we all decided this was what we wanted to do,” says Baird. “So we were like, ‘Awh, what’s the point in doing this?’ It was really hard to get motivated!”