The last couple of years have been good for Two Door Cinema Club. Out of the same town in Northern Ireland as Snow Patrol (QRO album review), Two Door bounded onto the world scene a few years ago with the incredibly enjoyable debut Tourist History (QRO review) and its slew of great singles. This year has seen the follow-up, Beacon (QRO review), a record that, while it can’t match Tourist History‘s highs, is far from a sophomore slump. And the boys took Beacon to America for a big tour that hit New York’s Central Park SummerStage on Friday, September 28th.
Two Door Cinema Club playing "I Can Talk" live at Central Park SummerStage in New York, NY on September 28th, 2012:
SummerStage (QRO venue review) was attempting to squeeze the last few days out its season, and while the outdoor space wasn’t cold, it was wet, thanks to a rainstorm earlier in the day. Luckily, though, the rain had passed on by when the show began – not that it would have mattered to Two Door’s rabid fans. The audience at SummerStage was composed of a lot of squealing minors – not Bieber-age, but reminiscent of when The Kooks played SummerStage at the same time of the season a few years ago (QRO live review). However, it was more surprising in the case of Two Door, as one wouldn’t have guessed that they have such a young fan base – but the group has always been a bit difficult to pigeonhole. As they had said in a last.fm interview done two days earlier (QRO photos), the band has been put in different holes in different places – in Europe they’re seen as an electronic act, playing with DJs and such, but in America they’re seen as a rock outfit. And one guesses that an all-ages show with an early end time, not on a school night, made it easy for kids to make the show (there was even a photographer in the pit from Horace Mann High School…).
Two Door Cinema Club playing "Next Year" live at Central Park SummerStage in New York, NY on September 28th, 2012:
Two Door opened their set with their newest single, the expansive but also energetic "Sleep Alone", off of Beacon, but still played more from the ten-song Tourist than the eleven-song Beacon. Beacon just doesn’t have the litany of singles that Tourist has – but few records do. "Sleep" was followed by the band’s first-ever single, killer indie-dance "Undercover Martyn", and Two Door did all their great Tourist singles – "Something Good Can Work", "I Can Talk", "Come Back Home", and the evening’s closer, "What You Know". With only two albums and a big headlining spot, there was ample time to do all that they needed to and more (though Tourist b-side "Kids" would have been great, both for the setting and ‘cause it’s a great song – QRO video at earlier NYC show). Two Door also didn’t skimp on stage theatrics, including fog jets from the front of the stage near the start of the show to giant white balloons over the crowd at the end.
Two Door Cinema Club’s tour continues cross-country to places as far-flung as Kansas City and Portland, making the kids & more very happy.
Two Door Cinema Club playing "What You Know" live at Central Park SummerStage in New York, NY on September 28th, 2012: