Two Door Cinema Club on band turmoil before new album: ‘Communication had broken down’

Band speak to NME around release of new album 'Gameshow'

Two Door Cinema Club have spoken about a near band breakdown that led to their new album ‘Gameshow’.

‘Gameshow’ is the band’s first album since ‘Beacon’ in 2012. Speaking to NME in this week’s magazine, frontman Alex Trimble detailed the inner turmoil within the group before they began work on this new release.

“Communication had broken down through being in each other’s company constantly for years,” he said. “It’s hard to communicate when you just want to escape. The hard work, for all of the damage it does, is undoubtedly beneficial. But it also generates a fear that if you stop, then everything’s going to go away. It’s ‘living the dream’, but you fear that once you have it, you could easily lose it. So that’s what stopped us giving ourselves time to breathe.”


“We didn’t have anything else outside of the band,” lead guitarist Sam Halliday continued. “It makes everything seem so much more important, because you’re there in it all the time. Stuff that really wasn’t that big of a deal became a massive deal.”

Bass player Kevin Baird added: “We began to realise we were very different people: we’d started to feel like we couldn’t express ourselves individually and that we were always ‘that guy from that band’.”


Trimble also described being treated in hospital for stress-induced stomach ulcers. “I was in there for two weeks,” he says. “So that became the point where we had to stop.”

The band say they eventually bonded over influences as diverse as the Bee Gees, ELO and club music. Read the full interview here.

Singer Alex Trimble previously said of the new album’s sound: “We’re not embracing the pop that’s going on now in a melodic or structural sense. The two biggest influences for me were Prince and Bowie – both total pioneers who straddled that line between out-there pop and avant garde craziness”.

Two Door Cinema Club tour the UK next year. They will play the following live dates:


Birmingham Academy (January 24, 2017)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (25)
Manchester Apollo (27, 28)
Leeds Academy (30)
Newcastle Academy (31)
Liverpool Guild Of Students (February 2)
Glasgow Barrowlands (3-4)
Southampton Guildhall (6)
Bristol Academy (7)
London Alexandra Palace (9, 10)