Live Reviews: Two Door Cinema Club
Madame JoJo's, London Tuesday, January 12
That said, opener [b]‘Come Back Home’[/b] has none of the interesting bits that make their ‘hits’ such compelling listening. It’s all very slick, like [a]Bloc Party[/a] after they started to dismantle themselves, and limps in somewhere between [a]The Wombats[/a] and [a]Foals[/a]. They’re not exactly blessed with the gift of the gab, either. They certainly struggle to stop our attention wandering to the woman in front of us who is writing a review describing them as “floating in a fairy-filled fluffy world,” presumably as prep for a future appearance on [i]Loose Women[/i].
We don’t know what to make of this – it swings from high point to low with disorientating speed. [b]‘Something Good Can Work’[/b] is as perfect as indie-pop gets, combining the wistful virginisms of [a]Noah And The Whale[/a] and the floppy-necked jauntiness of [a]Vampire Weekend[/a], but at their worst they sound like the worst bits of [a]Blur[/a] combined with the hellish high-note screeching of a sub-[a]White Lies[/a], [a]Editors[/a]-esque dirge. [b]‘I Can Talk’[/b] is just annoying, but [b]‘What You Know’[/b] has an inspired touch of Maccabees elegance in its arrangement, with just a hint of [a]The Teenagers[/a]’ trademark sleaze to take away the saccharine aftertaste.
That pile-up of references isn’t just neat journalistic shorthand either – as the set progresses, it becomes increasingly obvious that this band were paying such magpie-close attention to the best indie of the last 10 years that they’ve left themselves little room to be discerning – fortunately, ‘chuck it all and see what happens’ is a well-known, if unreliable recipe for pop brilliance. So no, there’s nothing new here, but they’re all the better for it. They’re just a band with some decent tunes. We’re not sure why [i]them[/i], but it’s a neat enough way to continue celebrating the last decade.
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