Sweaty night of indie rock heats den Atelier
By Josh Oudendijk
Friday night welcomed indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club to den Atelier. Hailing from the east coast of Northern Ireland, Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday and Kevin Baird gave a vibrant performance to a packed venue.
With three albums and an EP in the pocket, their latest album “Gameshow”, released in October 2016, combines a nice edge of disco sounds with the core foundation of indie rock. They stopped in Luxembourg as part of the European leg of a big tour continuing to America, bringing both old classics and new material to a wide age group.
As the venue filled up the night was opened by the retro-pop band Parcels, who captured and engaged the crowds in their early minutes with cool bass riffs and a tight rhythm section. Their melodic and often funky instrumentals gave a Daft Punk-ian vibe, and it really was a crowd-mover. Parcels were followed by Blaenavon, a three-piece band who are releasing their debut album “That’s Your Lot” in April later this year. Both bands proved to be confident and mature to catapult into the bigger indie scene.
Two Door Cinema Club hit the stage at 21:30 and jumped straight into buzzing tracks “Cigarettes in the Theatre” and “Undercover Martyn” to a frenzied crowd, where a few teenagers closer to the front left of the stage were passionately dancing and jumping. Nonetheless, even towards the back, older couples and after-work friends enjoyed the show as much as the younger teens.
Melodic guitars and punchy choruses brought back the satisfaction of older tracks, while the band presented some of their new material from “Gameshow”. Groovy feet shuffled to “Bad Decisions” and voices joined to the gimmick vocals of “Are We Ready? (Wreck)”. An energy-slurping yet cracking lightshow lifted the music to another level.
Pleasantly surprising was the delicate and light voice of front man Trimble, who frequently went up into head-voice range without any difficulties. The occasional short interludes where the band left the singer stripped of accompaniment were refreshing. Overall, the energy level was very high, which is impressive knowing that these bands perform powerful sets night after night.
Some may have noticed that good physical endurance was of advantage with an energetic night lasting a cracking three and half hours, but with a couple of cold beers you were good to go. Two Door Cinema Club convinced as solid live performers, and the crowd will be missing them until the next time they return.