Review: Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
It means that the music being celebrated is a selection of near unrecognizable indie rock songs that cower at the idea of going over the five minute mark and instead give basic song patterns delivered in the form of bland meshes of of synthesizers and lightly strummed guitars, which feel lost within each other as a result of the production, while Trimble's vocals are the main thing relied on for each song, which even though he can perform to thousands and thousands of enthusiastic viewers in an Olympic stadium, display little strength across the album.
The main thing you learn while listening to the likes of Next Year and Someday when compared to the sporadic moments of energy delivered through Wake Up and Pyramid is that what Beacon mainly has on offer is delicately played indie rock that shouldn't be played delicately. When you compare this entire album to the recent efforts of fellow Irish alt rockers General Fiasco and their debut full length Unfaithfully Yours, an album that also sees a selection of big-hitting indie rock songs that actually sound like they have a pair of balls attached to them, you realise that Two Door Cinema Club simply appear as an utterly weak band who bring songs to the indie table that don't make you feel anything like so many of their other peers manage, that understandably makes rock music look weak in the mainstream.
With the exception of the odd hook and odder array of classy guitar playing, it's difficult to understand why Two Door Cinema Club are such a celebrated band and brings fear once more to the idea that generic songwriting done with radio-play in mind actually manages to bring in fans and money. The overall performance of Beacon serves as a disheartening sight that the main form of alternative rock that the mainstream celebrates is so watered down, devoid of any sort of passion and energy and are simply dull. At least for the time being I don't have to look at any other bands that have gained an undeserved popularity with songs that show little signs of life, little signs of care and are on the whole completely du- OH GOD! THE VACCINES HAVE A NEW ALBUM OUT AS WELL???
Two Door Cinema Club's Beacon is out now via Glassnote Records. The band will tour the UK throughout September and will perform at Bestival at Robin Hill Adventure Park, Newport from 6th-9th September.