Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

Two Door Cinema Club

Tourist History

Released: Mar 01 2010

Genre: Indie Pop / Electro

Label: Kitsuné Music

Rating: 3.9/5


At the back end of 2009, Two Door Cinema Club were tipped to be one of the most successful bands of 2010. The pre-release single I Can Talk circulated the web, and the three piece gained an early following, eagerly awaiting the debut album release: Tourist History.

The up-beat punchy riffs of the early single was a good example of the band’s general sound. Alongside I Can Talk, the drum machine and use of auto-tune re-appear in Undercover Martyn and You’re Not Stubbon. Although tracks such as This Is The Life and Something Good Can Work offer a minor twist in the album’s energetic, fast-paced style, Tourist Histroy is hardly a dynamic album. Nevertheless, Tourist History is succesful in creating a bunch of basic yet likable indie pop records.

With the album’s raw, fundamental indie sound, Tourist History has been compared to the likes of an early Foals or Bloc Party. It’s clear that the Bangor three-piece are trying to recreate an attractive form of music, unique perhaps not quite the word. Although the album does sound somewhat generic, Two Door Cinema Club are still successful in creating catchy records that are destined to sell, as ultimately there is a huge audience out there that is attracted to memorable songs – it’s an advertising technique in itself. The simplicity and repetition throughout the songs only re-enforces this attractability – “Do you want it, do you want it, do you want it all?“.

Perhaps not the most innovative new band in electro pop, Two Door Cinema Club have effectively regergetated the successful sounds of the past and placed their name on it. By creating this joyous indie pop sound, the Northern Ireland three-piece offer memorable records that may well become a part of the sound of summer 2010. Next time though, it would be a good idea for Two Door Cinema Club to be slightly more imaginative, otherwise this band could quite easily fade away into the realms of the forgotten.

~ Article by James Murray