Two Door Cinema Club hit New York City a day before their sold out show at Terminal 5 to play the intimate confines of The Studio at Webster Hall. With a capacity a tenth of the size of Terminal 5, the show sold out quickly to intrepid fans who saw the post on Facebook or TDCC’s site offering a chance to be within inches of the band. For those who could not attend or were not in New York, MTV Hive streamed the entire performance.
Kicking the night off with “Cigarettes in the Theatre,” what’s immediately clear is the band is set to play with impeccable perfection. Tourist Trap came out in 2009, and through the tours, festival and television appearances, the band has honed their sound to a near-record quality. That’s not to say it was a staid performance, far from it. The band’s quality lets them really explore the dance floor with their pop structures and groovy dance beats. The fans were intense and the small sweaty studio was constantly moving. The band tends to stay somewhat reserved on stage, sweating through their button down shirts and khakis.
Read more of the review with set list and a full gallery from the night after the jump
The night was a procession down a road lined with “fan favorites.” Every song was greeted with cheers, dancing and fans singing along. With “Undercover Martyn” or “This is the Life,” the band already has developed a built-for-the-stage set that’s engaging and can pull in new fans within a two-mile radius. There is a lot there to enjoy. Sort of a reverse quarantine, where you want as many people included as possible.
It’s fast-paced with energetic hooks and smart tempo shifts. It’s sort of an innate skill these lads possess that go beyond their baby-faced years.
I’ve been lucky to catch Two Door Cinema Club in smaller venues and their energy and connection with fans is immediately apparent. I caught them at The Bell House in May last year, and last night, the band stuck to mostly to the same set. The only disappointing thing about the latest show was the lack of new material. It’s not really a knock, but for a promising young act I’m curious to see where the band will go from here. But we’d understand if they wanted to offer their most well-rehearsed work for the webcast.
The band made their victory lap with an encore that featured “Come Back Home” and “I Can Talk.”
Two Door Cinema Club has one more night in New York at Terminal 5 with Bombay Bicycle Club and The Lonely Forest. After that, only a few more dates before the band wraps up their latest tour.
As the room cleared and fans were afforded a chance to breathe, it was refreshing and symbolic of where the band is at now. The joy of a great night out and optimism for another great night ahead. Let’s hope that applies with a new album and yet another long round of touring.
Two Door Cinema Club Set List
Cigarettes in the Theatre
Do You Want It All
This Is the Life
Something Good Can Work
You’re Not Stubborn
Eat That Up, It’s Good for You
What You Know
Come Back Home
I Can Talk