False Alarm - Two Door Cinema Club reintroduce the 1980's!

Photography: Two Door Cinema Club

Photography: Two Door Cinema Club

If there’s one decade of music that I loved the most, it was the 80’s, so when False Alarm played through, I was taken back a little.

As far as I’ve read, Two Door Cinema Club are an Indy Rock band, but their new album sounds more like a modern take on what we would have heard 30 years ago. Yes, that’s right, 30 years ago.

What’s also crazy is that Two Door Cinema Club’s Tourist History came out 9 years ago! I remember hearing Undercover Martyn & asking my friend Billy who the band playing was. My memory is devilishly vivid at times, which is good for some things, bad for others.

There’s such a great opening to False Alarm in the form of a song called Once, as it really does set the scene in terms of what the album is all about. What follows is Talk and it’s such an uplifting, ‘TV advertisement’ type song. I mean no disrespect when I say that, in fact, if anything, I say that with admiration.

A few songs that stuck out immediately were Already Gone, Satellite & Satisfaction Guaranteed, but all had their own quirky traits & although there isn’t too many tracks to pick from, what is on offer does suffice.

As far as I’m aware, Two Door Cinema Club are a much liked band and have been on the Indy Rock radar since they started, however, I wouldn’t necessarily put them in the league of The Arctic Monkeys, The Killers or anyone with reputations such as those. Not just yet, anyway.

I find their music attractive and commercially very viable. It’s certainly music I would always play in my car on a road trip, but none of the songs have quite made it to any of my playlists. I think the reason for that is simply due to the novelty being worn off quickly after playing the tracks a few times. The longevity of a particular sound/s are key to the life cycle of any record that’s made. All you have to do is look at the some of the greatest songs that have ever been produced, for e.g., Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s a highly unusual song with various daring elements combined, but nevertheless, they work harmoniously with one another & evidently, as time has gone on, it’s clearly future-proof. Perhaps Queen was a harsh example, but I hope you can see where I’m coming from.

False Alarm is as pleasant as it is forgettable, but in due course. I’m not saying in a matter of minutes or days you would have forgotten what you just heard & that the songs themselves are of poor quality. One, perhaps two, have TV, series or movie soundtracks written all over them, yet, if it wasn’t for those few, I wouldn’t say Two Door Cinema Club have really cemented their name among some of the top bands in this genre with this album.

As much as I don’t want to use their own album name against them/as a retaught for my review, one can’t help but highlight the irony, especially given the circumstances. The album is certainly worth a listen, so give it a go & if you disagree, or even agree with what I’ve written above, please comment down below, as I’m always interested in what you have to say & if you’re a long standing Two Door Cinema Club fan, then I’m even more interested in what you think.

As always, thank you for reading & I’ll see you on the next!

Photography: Two Door Cinema Club

Photography: Two Door Cinema Club