It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode Houston's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning.
Two Door Cinema Club is one of those bands that when you spend 15 seconds browsing their Web site, seeing the way their members dress, watching their videos, and listening to their music, all you can do is point and mutter out of the side of your mouth, "Would you look at these fuckin' hipsters?" "Move along, folks," you say to yourself, "nothing to see here but some beret-owning douchebaggery with no stank to speak of.
However, as your humble narrator feels that a minimal amount of journalistic integrity is necessary to justify our paycheck, we continued to watch the video for their song "I Can Talk" after the fifteen seconds it took us to form the previously stated opinion. Then our forehead hit the keyboard, spitting out a stream of m's and spacebars. We gnashed our teeth and muttered some swears in Gaelic.
Because we were forced to admit it's really, really, really good. Oh, it burns!!!!!
We hate you, awesome hipster band with your thick sound, avant-garde videos, and guitar lines that quiver like a stripper's lip reaching for a $100 bill. You think you're so damn cool, and, well, you are. If there's anything we at Rocks Off hate, it's bands being cool.
And what the hell's up with that name?
"It was a mispronunciation of a local cinema called the Tudor Cinema," says guitarist Sam Halliday. "And so it stuck as it was a bit funny."
But like any other band name, the name's true purpose is to give a label to a lifestyle shared by the members. Two Door Cinema Club comprises the entire life of Halliday and Co., whether it's life on the road or in the studio. It's not just a club, but a family.
Now, for reasons best not gone into Rocks Off was never in any clubs as a child, a fact probably fairly easily deduced by readers. One kind of weirdo ends up a rock star; the other kind ends up sitting alone in the dark writing about rock stars. We decided to ask Halliday what rules Rocks Off would have to follow to join the Club if we were all nine years old in the band's hometown of Bangor. (Northern Ireland, not Maine.)
- You have to have never been allowed light-up shoes before - Check!
- You have to have some sweet transfer tattoos - Check!
- You have to know some dirty jokes - Check!
- Bypass rules 1-3 if you have a Sega Mega Drive. - Everyone knows those didn't really exist.
Well jumping Jim Jones on a jujube, we're in the freakin' club! Since we're now a fully fledged voting member of Two Door Cinema Club, Rocks Off would like to propose the creation of an official Two Door Cinema Club Sandwich. Mr. Secretary of Pirates and Cap Guns Halliday. Have you any suggestions?
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"Three pieces of toasted bread to start. Meat only in the top section, so you can easily scrape it off and have a veggie-friendly option. Cranberry sauce, as it makes everything taste like Christmas. Nice salad, tomatoes and avocados, to make it seem posh."
Well then, let us consider this sandwich formed! Spread the word on menus nationwide that Two Door Cinema Club is one fantastical allamagoosalum!
Two Door Cinema Club plays Warehouse Live Thursday, October 7, with Group Love.
Jef With One F is the author of The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact That You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned In the Black Math Experiment, available now.