Live, from their king­dom

An Ir­ish band mak­ing its In­dia de­but at a pop­u­lar mu­sic fest in Pune this week­end opens up about rul­ing the in­die charts

Mid Day - - The Guide - KARISHMA KUENZANG [email protected]

IT was a rainy af­ter­noon when we first heard Two Door Cin­ema Club’s Sun back in 2012. As they eased from their dreamy in­tro­duc­tory slow-tempo chords to a com­pul­sive groove, we were soon up on our feet, gloom set aside, mov­ing to the up-tempo tunes.

There aren’t too many in­die out­fits that man­age to mix dream pop and pure in­die, but this Ir­ish out­fit has achieved that since its in­cep­tion in 2007, and then some. For the in­flu­ence of their mu­sic now echoes in the in­die scene in Bri­tain and In­dia as well.

The band, which com­prises Alex Trim­ble (vo­cals, rhythm gui­tar, beats, synth), Kevin Baird (bass, synth) and Sam Hal­l­i­day (lead gui­tar), are all set to make their In­dia de­but at the sixth edi­tion of Vh1 Su­per­sonic. And they are as ex­cited about it as their fans. “We can’t wait to meet our In­dian fans. We’ve been dream­ing about per­form­ing in the coun­try,” says Baird. While clas­sics like Bruce Spring­steen, Van Mor­ri­son and David Bowie were their sta­ples; they soon stum­bled upon The Strokes and Idlewild. And their mu­sic made Baird and Alex want to form a band. “Alex and I played clas­si­cal in­stru­ments and the gui­tar was prob­a­bly a re­bel­lion from that. Sam started play­ing the gui­tar be­cause he wanted to play Sweet Child ‘O Mine!” shares Baird. And so, Life With­out Rory was formed, but soon dis­banded pri­mar­ily be­cause it was more about teenage angst, the mem­bers con­fess. With angst out of the way, they de­cided to make mu­sic se­ri­ously, and named their band af­ter a cin­ema hall near where they grew up, called the Tu­dor Cin­ema. “Sam mis­pro­nounced “Tu­dor” as “Two Door”, and we were like why not?” laughs Baird. And Two Door Cin­ema Club was born.

To­day, they cor­rectly wear their abil­ity to make lis­ten­ers move as a badge of hon­our. For Baird con­fesses that that’s the one thing that’s al­ways on their minds while com­pos­ing — to make peo­ple dance. “At its core, our mu­sic has al­ways been about hav­ing fun and danc­ing. Over the years, we’ve tried dif­fer­ent meth­ods to make peo­ple move; some­times, it’s speed and on other oc­ca­sions, it’s with groove. There are times when peo­ple need to for­get about what’s go­ing on, just let go and dance. That’s where we come in,” sug­gests Baird.

And what do the kings of in­die have to say about the mu­sic scene? “We can see that there’s a shift hap­pen­ing — from bands that rely on tricky and per­fected gui­tar parts for their key sound, to bands that build their songs on rough struc­tures, which then come to­gether in an or­ganic way. That’s what peo­ple want to lis­ten to,” says Baird, pick­ing Cana­dian singer Mac DeMarco and Amer­i­can in­die rock singer Snail Mail as some of the in­no­va­tive artistes they ap­plaud.

They will play­ing all their pop­u­lar num­bers in­clud­ing What You Know, Cig­a­rettes in the The­atre, The World is Watch­ing and Chang­ing of the Sea­sons, and look for­ward to lis­ten­ing to In­dian in­die bands at the Pune gig, though they are ac­quainted with the works of Pan­dit Ravi Shankar.

ON Fe­bru­ary 16 and 17 AT Ma­ha­laxmi Lawns, Karve Na­gar, Pune. LOG ON TO book­myshow.com COST `2499 on­wards

(From left) Kevin Baird, Sam Hal­l­i­day and Alex Trim­ble, per­form­ing in New York

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