What We Know and What Happened.
The band had quite the start impulse by what had been in the moment Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand or The Kooks. The rock post punk era had its representatives, and had done a great job, that’s the environment where Two Door Cinema Club was formed.
After their start in 2007 they managed to record and release an EP, that made them popular enough to start recording in London their still post punk/revival filled album Tourist History back in 2010. “What You Know” became a global sensation, they even played it in Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Then Beacon happened, this second album was released September 2nd, 2012, with Jacknife Lee as a producer, and with singles such as “Sun” and “Sleep Alone”.
“Gameshow” happened big time, the 3rd album of these lads had come and started the change we are witnessing right now, synths started to appear, with a much more pop sound presence, and it was as well appreciated by the critics as it was the first album, but nobody expected that it’d be a breaking point in the bands style like it was.
Synths Everywhere and Mutation.
We were gladly surprised when this album False Alarm came to us with a whole new style and atmosphere, separating the band from both the darker alternative rock and survival, from the extremely colorful and too flexible pop. With an ‘80s branding, an image that seems to be way too comfortable for them. It’s a bigger shift than the LA Dodgers suddenly becoming favorites on the odds to win the World Series.
“Once” the first song of the album shows us what the band is aiming for, after 25 seconds of intro in which we don’t expect the gigantic turn that is taken in the album, almost dropping the guitar and embracing the synthesizers and the bass as main weapons.
The second track of the album is “Talk” and is the funniest thing to dance to in Northern Ireland right now. The drum and bass are just everywhere dominating you and accompanied in the right moment by the now squires of the band, the synths.
The band has a message not so hidden in “Satisfaction Guaranteed”, with their cheerful ‘80s style, they go ahead and make a point on how we are overexposed to publicity and how we’re told to buy unnecessary stuff in order to be happy.
Although most of the song go in the same way regarding the tracks and instrumental part, “Think” does have a ring to breakup song. The voice modifier goes for most of it, and there’s a female voice that in Spanish talks about how happy they were together, and how happy they will be not being together. Quite the secret message to leave.
“Nice To See You” is the kind of song that should be added to a “Walk Like a Bad Ass” playlist, because it is insanely groovy and perfect for the night club, and they have Collab with a rapper right in the middle of it, so what’s there not to love?
The band has obviously mutated incredibly in the last 9 years, and have done it in the right way the website Metacritic has given them the rate of 76 out of 100, with the best rate out of all of their albums. The changes have done them well, and as it happens with every artist that makes it this big with these changes, we are already at the expectation of what could they do to top this.