Two Door Cinema Club
What better way to kick off the summer than with a concert? Only a few weeks into summer (and days before high schoolers started theirs,) hipsters and non-hipsters of all ages flocked to Revolution to catch the Irish boys of Two Door Cinema Club. The mixture of adults ready for a good show and young “hipsters” clad in shorts and floral print (with a few testing their night in heels) you’d think they were going to a heavily chaperoned house party on the beach rather than a concert. Regardless, the line was buzzing with chatter about the headliners, and of course how excited most were to be done with school.
Kicking off the night was the attractive duo that made up Bad Veins. A box-shaped contraption with an old-school wall telephone sat on the stage, instantly making me wonder what kind of performance we were all in for. Singer Benjamin Davis’ use of the phone gave the vocals an interesting twist. In addition to the phone, the mixture of synthesizers, (what I assumed was) pre-recorded string instruments, and their infectious energy, the two-piece made for a surprisingly mind-blowing opener.
Next up was Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. For the older fans, this was the band they were listening to nearly ten years ago (okay, about 8 years ago, but who’s counting?) Compared to their openers, CYHSY was definitely a much more relaxed and chill band. If anyone in the crowd was singing along, I definitely missed it. The crowd didn’t seem overly enthused, nor were they entirely bored as it continued to sway as one and dance as one. Now, this isn’t to say thet weren’t good, because they definitely were. They just seemed to fit the spot of “opener” better. You know, the type that eases everyone into the show, and that most wouldn’t cry over if they happened to miss them.
After what seemed like an hour of waiting, the lights finally dimmed, the screams grew loud, and Two Door Cinema Club emerged. Unlike their opener’s crowds, this crowd was singing along from the first line of “Cigarettes in the Theatre.” TDCC was clearly the reason this show was sold out.
For those of you who have never seen them live, I suggest you pick up one of their albums. Surprisingly, there’s close to no difference in quality, so the only thing you’ll be missing out on is tons of sweat (both yours and from the random 20 people around you,) an awesome light show, and the post-concert ear-ringing.
Recently having finished their new album, TDCC gave Ft. Lauderdale a taste of what they can expect with the new release. These songs stood out in a way that a sophomore album should: they were strong with a different flavor, and they managed to avoid doing a complete 180 from their first album, like so many bands tend to do. Despite most not knowing the lyrics, the songs were well received.
Of course, TDCC had to give the crowd what they really wanted, especially with such a short set (when a show sells out, 12 songs just doesn’t seem fitting). Songs, “Do You Want It All,” “This Is the Life,” and “What You Know” had everyone going wild. Finishing up the short set, the band stepped away for a short minute, reappearing quickly for their encore. Revolution was in full-out dance mode when they began playing the notes to what seemed to be an unknown song. Seconds later, the tone changed and screams erupted, nearly masking out the beginning of “I Can Talk.” The crowd seemed to jump and sing as one. Clearly, everyone got what they paid for that night.
By Ashleigh Ahern
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