On Oct. 25 indie electro-rock collective Two Door Cinema Club were the featured guests at 98.7-FM's Penthouse, an exclusive concert series hosted by Los Angeles-based radio station KYSR-FM at the historic Hollywood Tower in Hollywood, Calif. Before an intimate crowd, Two Door Cinema Club performed a set featuring tracks from their sophomore album, Beacon, including "Next Year" and "Sleep Alone."
Prior to the performance, Two Door Cinema Club's Kevin Baird and Sam Halliday participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com and discussed recording Beacon, common themes in their music and touring, among other topics.
"I think lyrically there's a lot of talk of distance and longing," said Halliday. "When we were writing and recording the record, and from being on tour for the last three years, it's hard to settle down [in] places [and] keep relationships going strongly. … It's the longing for the routine of keeping those relationships."
Formed in Northern Ireland in 2007, Two Door Cinema Club were founded by grammar school friends Alex Trimble (vocals/guitar) and Halliday (lead guitar/backing vocals), along with Baird (bass/backing vocals). Combining elements of rock, pop and electronica, the trio released an EP, Four Words To Stand On, in 2009 via French label Kitsuné. A year later, the band released their debut album, Tourist History, in the United States via Glassnote Records. The album peaked at No. 26 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart and spawned the single "What You Know," which reached No. 40 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart. Tourist History was named winner of the 2010 Meteor Choice Music Prize, an award honoring the top Irish album of the year.
Released in September, Beacon was produced by GRAMMY winner Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2, Weezer) and peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the Top 40 Rock Songs hit "Sleep Alone." This past summer, the trio released What We See, a four-part documentary chronicling their tour in Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Hungary. Two Door Cinema Club are currently on tour throughout Europe, with dates scheduled through May 2013.
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