Friday, December 12, 2008


2008 wasn't quite the banner year for UK indie we've seen in the past, but Northern Irish bright young things Two Door Cinema Club are here to make sure that won't be the case in '09. Touted by industry types as Vampire Weekend meets the Postal Service and all manner of other vaguely fitting comparisons, the Bangor three piece aren't easily pigeonholed but bring a high octane brand of electronically-leaning guitar pop that sets them apart from their like-minded indie contemporaries. Our three protagonists all pitch in vocals over top melodic guitar lines and a faithful drum machine, all of which converge to lend their tracks an air of refreshing vitality and frantic energy the likes of which hasn't been seen in quite some time.

"Undercover Martyn" is the standout track from the band's buzzworthy Four Words To Stand On EP and it's accompanying video (above) is a simple yet effective treatment that highlights the band's aesthetic perfectly. The track's being kept under wraps for the moment, but they've been nice enough to sort us with an exclusive demo to make available for download. "Hands Off My Cash, Monty" is a damn fine song in its own right and just another reason these guys are one of our hottest tips for '09.

MP3: "Hands Off My Cash, Monty" (Demo) - Two Door Cinema Club ((exclusive))

Elsewhere, the results are in and the winners of the Passion Pit remix contest have been crowned over at Finger On The Pulse. The third installment of their No Big Deal party series at Glasslands last Friday was out of control and saw Mr. and Mrs. Neon Gold taking professionalism to new heights of dranx'd while Passion Pit played one of their most fun sets to date. Cheers to FOTP and Palms Out Sound for throwing down one of the best parties we've been to all year and be sure to check out the fresh crop of "Sleepyhead" remixes up for download here.

// Brian Phillip Davis //


Martin said...

absolutely brill

SamirNKapadia said...

awesome stuff

karpe said...

I'm not sure I agree about that UK line.

It's been an amazing year for British indie. My top five albums of year are probably all British.

Late of the Pier!
Johnny Foreigner!
These New Puritans!
Los Campesinos!!

If you go over a few countries, Beta Satan!

all made records that I'll be listening to for YEARS.

Even British Sea Power showed up. Foals made half of a good album. I'm not terribly into Friendly Fires beyond the singles, but you're into that one.

I think Britain's had one hell of a year.

Anonymous said...

wow thanks for introducing me to this great new band!

Anonymous said...

Reminds me Tapes'n'Tapes actually

Sally said...

Love this song! Excellent find.