Two Door Cinema Club are renowned for being one of the busiest bands in the business performing over 200 shows a year worldwide and spending near every waking minute in each other’s company, so it came as no surprise when cracks started to form and the band started to breakdown before going into a well needed break. The trio went their separate ways stepping out of the limelight for a while and enjoying a sense of normality, but of course the urge to create was still there which lead to each member experimenting with music and writing, lead singer Alex Trimble even delved into the world of photography. Finally 2016 marked the year Two Door Cinema Club would release their third studio album Gameshow.
The Bangor trio released their debut album Tourist History back in 2010, it was filled with catchy choruses and enticing hooks which rocketed their career making them one of the most in demand indie bands worldwide. They continued to impress with their sophomore album Beacon which was a step towards maturity for the band, it was a more layered and precise album which proved they were much more than your average indie group. Four years later we have the electronic, disco infused Gameshow which showcases the band’s ability to keep on improving on just about every aspect of making an album.
The general feel of the album is that it’s quite reflective of the time they spend together while being shoved into the spotlight and also their time apart, the overall production on Gameshow is clean and clear which gives it a glamorous sound. When speaking about the album Alex Trimble mentioned that while they have embraced pop, it’s that of a different generation which is why we have a lot of disco tracks that incorporate both 70’s and modern characteristics, giving the album a fresh sound. Bad Decisions was the first sneak peak into the new disco influence, it’s an odd yet perfect blend of The 1975 and Bee Gees showcasing Trimble’s vocal range as he’s able to sing in a much higher pitch to what we’ve seen in their previous songs. Over the past few years we’ve been subjected to lots of music that combines past and present, mostly Motown influences, but Gameshow stand out amongst those albums sounding independent and has a sense of experimentation about it which could only have been achieved by the band taking a step back and allowing themselves the time to explore new avenues and directions to take their sound. It’s a triumphant return to the public eye for Two Door Cinema Club and is certainly a highlight in an otherwise downbeat year.
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