When we first came across Two Door Cinema Club, then three 18 year old lads who recently moved to London from Northern Ireland, they were one of the most exciting new bands we'd stumbled along in a long while. Since we signed them to Transgressive Publishing back in 2009, they've gone on to become, undoubtedly, one of the biggest bands in the world right now.
Their music has been loosely compared to the likes of Death Cab for Cutie and Broken Social Scene but without a definitive capacity to be pigeon-holed. Melodic vocals, which hail from all three members of the outfit, infuse with guitar riffs that have been described as “oceanic” and rhythm described as “pulsing”. Their debut album ‘Tourist History’ and a packed touring helped them build a huge network of grassroots fans all over the world, and led to the boys playing sold out shows in America, Canada, South America, South Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and, of course, the UK. Along with main stage slots at Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds, their first album propelled them to a level that most bands can only dream of, going platinum in the UK. They continued to evolve, landing in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 with 2012’s Beacon, and experimenting with Giorgio Moroder-esque disco and synth pop on 2016’s Gameshow. That album also hit the U.K. Top Ten and paved the way for 2019’s new wave-inspired False Alarm and 2022’s Keep On Smiling.