Two Door Cinema Club at The Prince Bandroom
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Two Door Cinema Club at The Prince Bandroom

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The sell-out crowd knew almost every song word-for-word, with the exception of two new songs, Handshake and Kids, which still received an enthusiastic response.

The worst part about going to a gig at The Prince Bandroom, is that it’s a half-hour drive or hour tram-ride from Carlton, where I live. I had dragged my friends from pre-drinks at the pub in order to catch the supporting band Parades but thanks to some shitty traffic (driving?), we only caught the last song. Still, Jonathan Boulet’s drumming at the end of Marigold was enough to convince my friends they were worth leaving half-empty beers.

Having just watched Local Natives the night before, I wasn’t expecting as much from the similar-sounding Irishmen. But with their catchy indie-style (bordering pop) rhythms and a room-full of screaming twenty-somethings, Two Door Cinema Club were hard to resist.

I didn’t know all of their songs off by heart but the repetitive choruses made some easier to recognize than others, such as This Is The Life and Do You Want It All?

Girls hugged one another and guys raised their arms to the roof as they sang along to all their favourites, among the most popular were Cigarettes In The Theatre, Undercover Martyn and Something Good Can Work.

The sell-out crowd knew almost every song word-for-word, with the exception of two new songs, Handshake and Kids, which still received an enthusiastic response.

Dancier tracks like You’re Not Stubborn, Costume Party and Eat That Up, It’s Good For You gave the crowd a chance to rest their vocal chords and instead work their leg muscles, with the entire room forming one gigantic mosh-pit.

The funniest moment of the night came when the over-excited crowd failed to execute their encore chanting. The initial shouting kept growing faster and louder until peaking and instead of continuing, just suddenly stopped. The anticlimax left everyone standing around in a moment of awkward silence until the band re-emerged; getting everyone vocal again with Come Back Home and I Can’t Talk.

They’re music may not be completely mind-blowing in-terms of originality, but Two Door Cinema Club are definitely fun and a loyal fan-base will keep them in the spotlight for a few more years to come.

Loved: That the band was genuinely grateful for the crowd’s overwhelming response. At the end of the show, lead-singer Alex Trimble admitted how incredible it was to "come so far, to this many people and you know our songs".

Hated: The strobe-lighting effects that reminded me of that seizure-inducing, Japanese cartoon from The Simpsons.

Drank: Free beers courtesy of my housemate – payback for the free ticket.