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Two Door Cinema Club Does What Phoenix & MGMT Couldn’t

"Tourist History"

For the last few years, bands like MGMT, Phoenix and Passion Pit have dominated the pop music scene. One thing all of these bands had in common was great, standout singles and weak albums for those singles to stand on. With some of the best rock singles in recent memories, MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular” had three great singles but was weakly constructed after that.

Phoenix and Passion Pit have fallen into similar traps. The spell has finally been broken and an electro pop group has come up with an album that flirts with greatness. Two Door Cinema Club is a group from Ireland who became recognized after signing with Glassnote Entertainment, who are the same people who brought us the aforementioned Phoenix.

Although their album, “Tourist History” has been out in Europe for the past few months, American ears are first hearing the album this week. With both an iTunes free single of the week promotion and cheap price tag on the album, Two Door Cinema Club is working to make their initial splash in the States a big one.

Two Door Cinema Club

A sound that can only be described as fun, combines electronic synthesizers with upbeat drums and very fast paced lyrics. The album has a great ability to not only capture, but hold the listeners attention. Each song is unique as it stands alone and then perfectly placed within the context of the full album.

As I wrote earlier this week, the free song that the band chose to release is the first single from the album “Something Good Can Work.” This song has the ability to not only become a huge single in the United States but bring serious attention to the bands work from mainstream America. As catchy as Phoenix’s “1901” and as melodic as MGMT’s “Time To Pretend,” Two Door Cinema Club not only understands the genre they perform in but embrace the pop elements of it.

MGMT is learning right now (with the release of their second album “Congratulations.”) that going out of your way to make an album of b-sides can be detrimental to your growth as an artist. The only other thing I can say about this band is go listen for yourself.

You can download their first single for free on iTunes and if you like what you hear, please note that you will not be disappointed by the album. Unlike Phoenix, MGMT and Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club have taken great singles and backed them with a superb album.

To read more about Two Door Cinema Club, check out this earlier article by Keegan Forte.

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  • Comment by Greg posted April 14, 2010 at 19:04

    Both Oracular and Wolfgang Amadeus were great albums, if it isnt a pop sound you steer clear from it. stop being one dimensional. AND this single is lacking compared to the singles from the above mentioned bands.

    also, rob says fuck you.

  • Comment by Harris posted April 14, 2010 at 19:15

    These albums were “great” in the indie world, but this is a pop music blog and the facts are, the albums didn’t stand up to the singles. Even you can admit that the rest of the album didn’t sound much like the singles. In this case, the single fits and the rest of the album supports it.

    Also, let the single set in before you jump to that conclusion…

  • Comment by andrew posted April 14, 2010 at 19:44

    I’m sorry, but the only album that actually supports your lazy thesis here is MGMT as their album literally spelled out how to write an album with 3 singles and nothing else to support them. Both Phoenix and Passion Pit’s records are extraordinarily pop and soaked in the formulas that create singles. Are you talking about radio access or pop-formula? Be specific. If this is a pop music blog, and your asking people to let the single set in, then very well, but pop is about immediacy, so you’re backtracking.

    Let’s see how far the singles for two door take them. As for Phoenix and Passion Pit, both worked by the same radio people, they had at least four to EIGHT designated singles, with 2-4 really for radio. Look at the charts and see how much of those albums are being played on satellite and college — more than half, at least. And both Phoenix and Passion Pit are on single number two about a year into their releases, which is remarkable for INDIE bands. So in terms of pop, longevity is a word we don’t use that often, and maybe that’s something you should factor into equation here before making such grand, hyperbolic, and sweeping generalizations. And, pop music is based fundamentally on having 1-2 hit songs to sell the record … I just don’t understand your logic here.

  • Comment by Harris posted April 14, 2010 at 20:18

    First off, I would like to say thanks to Andrew for making a well thought out argument for his cause. Nice to see someone taking the time and making a just argument about music!!

    It sounds like we both have similar ideas expressed in different ways. There is something you said towards the end that made this clear. “…pop music is based fundamentally on having 1-2 hit songs to sell the record…”

    This is true but that does not mean great albums can’t still exist. The problem I have with both Passion Pit and Phoenix’s albums (we’re agreeing on MGMT according to your first sentence) is that the singles didn’t compliment the album. The sounds were so different that when you got sucked in by the singles (the reason they are there), you were disappointed by the sound on the album.

    As far as the idea of the “single settling in,” I personally don’t believe it needs time. The first time I heard this song I loved it. My statement was simply that because of the headline, people jumped to conclusions and decided pre-maturely they wouldn’t like the song.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment and I look forward to seeing your future thoughts!!

  • Comment by adriana esareno posted November 28, 2011 at 15:29

    I loveeeeeeeee two door cinema club! <3