Ireland-based indie-rock band Two Door Cinema Club, in my opinion, doesn’t sound like your typical Irish rock band—not that there’s a “typical” sound. For us here in the states, we tend to think of Irish bands sounding either something like U2 or something like Enya. We don’t think of them as sounding more like Death Cab for Cutie.
Let’s just say this three-piece act (who released their sophomore album Beacon this week) doesn’t sound like anything else I’ve heard come from Ireland. They have a vocalist who is reminiscent of Ben Gibbard, while their perfect blend of electro and guitar reminds me a bit more of Phoenix. (Their label in Europe is based in France, so maybe that has something to do with the French electro-pop leanings.)
The thing is, I could pick the sound apart and try to make comparisons all day, but the fact is, Two Door Cinema Club just has a great sound, one that is likely to garner them as much attention in the States as they already have in Europe. It’s sometimes dance-pop, sometimes more indie, but it has a hauntingly beautiful vibe that’s still very much—well—Irish.
Below, I’ve embedded a video of their single “Sleep Alone.” Below that, you can stream the entire album Beacon from their Soundcloud page. Especially take a listen to the song “Settle.” Love!