If last night was any indication, the people love Two Door Cinema Club. The trio from Northern Ireland, comprised of Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday and Kevin Baird, made a triumphant return back to Vancouver, playing to a packed Commodore Ballroom. It was the first of their two dates in the rainy city and they certainly didn’t hold anything back.
Purple lights and smoke filled the stage area as intro music played out, and moments later, Two Door Cinema Club walked on stage to a frenzied crowd. It only took a split second for the crowd to start dancing as the band started their set with “Sleep Alone,” the first single from the new record, Beacon. After the song ended, Alex took a moment to address the audience, asking how everyone was doing, to which people responded with whoops and hollers. “Undercover Martyn” was next and if TDCC didn’t have everyone dancing in their first song, this one certainly did. Practically everyone on the dance floor was going crazy – I’m talking hair-flipping, hand-waving, jumping around type crazy.
Between songs, both Alex and Kevin kept thanking the crowd for being there and they almost seemed surprised at the response that they were getting here in Vancouver. The chit-chat was kept to a minimum and the band powered through the rest of their 18-song set.
Obvious fan favourites like “I Can Talk” and “Something Good Can Work” got a huge amount of cheers and reactions from the audience, as did some of the newer songs like the trio’s current single, “Sun,” “Next Year” and “Handshake.” The band played their set with heaps of energy, often bounding around in their own areas and jumping on and off the drum podium. It was like they had some insane reserves of energy on hand because their break before the encore was one of the shortest I’ve ever experience.
The encore started off with an energetic rendition of “Someday” that when right into “Come Back Home.” Then, things calmed momentarily as Alex started the final song of the night alone on stage. Sam and Kevin stormed right back on stage and joined Alex to cap off the night with another energy-fueled performance of “What You Know” that incited more craziness from the crowd.
I’m pretty certain that it’s safe to say that Vancouver loves Two Door Cinema Club, especially after what I saw last night. For those going to see them tonight at the Vogue Theatre, get your dancing shoes on because you are all in for a major treat courtesy of these three Northern Irish guys.