My boyfriend tucked safely away at band practice, I hit the Showbox Market with my notebook, my photo pass and a pocketful of drinking money. Doors at 7, I arrive at 8 just in time to see Works Drug’s last song. The place is PACKED. I run into a friend who tells me that at 7 there was a line around the block. The place is buzzing and howling, and I ready myself at the bar for the second opener, The Globes. After a killer set and a breath of fresh air, I decide to secure my spot on the floor (always a gamble, seeing as I’m 5 foot nothing and always find myself behind the tallest guy there). The energy is palpable – it bounces off the walls and whizzes pasts my ears. I feel like the oldest person in the room. But not for long.
Two Door Cinema Club takes the stage and the set starts with a bang, like the start of a race. First impression: while I’ve heard plenty of their music before, I guess I’ve never actually seen what they look like; HOT DAMN, they’re just babies! But with their age comes a totally captivating youthful energy that grabs you by the shoulders and shakes the hell out of you. The all ages crowd shows such impassioned gusto for each and every song that I find myself inching closer and closer to the front of the stage just to be a part of the party. The floor positively BOUNCES.
I’m struck by Alex Trimble’s sweet, clear voice and stage presence of the entire band. The combination of innocence and experience oozes out – like they are aware of their skill and talent, but still in awe of the crowds unadulterated and enthusiastic reception of them. The group is skilled in what I have to come to define as the build, the want and the give. That rhythmic building, marked by thick drums and playful guitar - that formulaic indie anthem – that sacred cadence we love so much, has me clap my hands against my chest and feel my heart step in time. Everything about this band, the pulse and the sea of clapping hands, the bouncing souls, the energy that radiates all around me makes me feel young and invincible. It builds. We want. They give.
For being a relatively new band, their sound comes across as extremely practiced and polished. Sandwiched between hits from Tourist History, the inclusion of new tracks that sound equally as classic have me excited for the future of this group. Their display of love and skilled professionalism with songs that turn an entire venue into a dance party is a sign of good things to come.