Two Door Cinema Club reveal ‘Sleep Alone’ was inspired by drug-induced dreams

Alex Trimble says the trio's new single was penned about his 'really crazy dreams'

Two Door Cinema Club have spoken about the inspiration behind their new single ‘Sleep Alone’, revealing that the track was inspired by singer’s Alex Trimble’s troubled, drug-induced dreams.

‘Sleep Alone’, which you can hear at the bottom of the page, was released formally on July 21 as a digital download and will be out as a 7″ single on September 3. The band’s new album ‘Beacon’ will also be released on September 3 – scroll down to watch a video trailer for the album.

Speaking to NME about the inspiration for ‘Sleep Alone’, singer Alex Trimble revealed that he smoked cannabis to help him sleep when he returned from tour, which caused him to have strange dreams.


“I have a terrible time sleeping when I get off tour,” he said. “It’s horrible. So I was smoking a little bit every night before I went to bed and it was really influencing what happened when I was asleep.”

He added: “I ended up having these really crazy dreams. I started reading about dreams and got really interested in lucid dreaming when you have full control over your dreams – you realise you’re dreaming, but within your dream it also feels like the real world. There’s a little of that in the song, but I never achieved it.”

‘Beacon’ is the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Tourist History’ and was recorded in Los Angeles in April with producer Jacknife Lee (Bloc Party, U2, REM) in his home studio.

The band will play next month’s Reading And Leeds Festivals under headliners Justice on the NME/Radio 1 Stage and are also booked to play Bestival in September.

To read a brand new interview with Two Door Cinema Club in which they open up about ‘Beacon’ and for details of how to win tickets to this tour, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.