Still freezing in the streets but dancing to the beats, Perth was once again graced by Northern Irish rock-throbs, Two Door Cinema Club. The veteran band pulled off another blockbuster set at Metro City, as they prepared to blaze a trail straight into Splendour in the Grass.
Australian Indie rock acts The Creases & Last Dinosaurs opened the venue and set the mood, their own respect and admiration for the headliners evident and infectious. The multi-tiered club felt like a sold out venue as Two Door finally took to the stage just before 10pm, the three-person band backed up by two guest musicians. Screams ignited and lights flashed as the seven, appropriately door-sized screens curving behind the band activated and begin visualising. “Cigarettes in the Theatre” then quickly rolled into “Undercover Martyn”, a synthy rock banger from ’09.
The band thrashes out the track’s psychedelic charm furiously, the crowd singing along confidently. The high-note wailing fading into the walls, frontman Alex Trimble takes a moment to thank the crowd. “You know it’s been 3 years since we’ve been back?” he smiles at the crowd. “It’s so good to be here.”
The 80’s inspired tunes keep coming as Alex, perfectly at home in a black leather jacket, swaggered through each track. Changing of the Seasons was a crowd favourite, any melancholy overtones disappearing in the throng. He goes fearlessly falsetto on the boozy Bad Decisions, then electrically charged on Something Good Can Work. It’s a historic set for the hardworking trio, with songs ranging from across 7 years of releases. This didn’t stop latest album title track, Gameshow going down just as well as old hits like Lavender, hinting that Australia’s mutual love affair with Two Door is still on the rise.
After over an hour on stage the band threatens to leave, only to be yanked back for a two song encore featuring the party-tune Someday and the soul-searching wind-down, What You Know. Eventually, though, the show has to end and the crowd is left yearning, ears ringing.
Two Door Cinema Club’s third debut album, “Gameshow” is available everywhere as the band returns to the UK.