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From A Whisper To A Scream
Recording on a Californian mountain top with Jacknife Lee has paid handsome dividends for Two Door Cinema club, with the resulting album, Beacon, storming its way to number one. LA, Azealia Banks, Lady Gaga, Snow Patrol, the Olympics and dressing-room trashing are all on the agenda as Nordy Ireland’s latest chart conquerors shoot the breeze with Stuart Clark.
Stuart Clark, 17 Oct 2012
They may have inflicted 800 years of tyranny, 30 years of Jimmy Hill and a decade of the X-Factor on us – personally I think Hill’s Cross of St. George dickie-bow was far more heinous than anything Oliver Cromwell got up to – but the Brits redeemed themselves this summer with Danny Boyle’s acid trip of an Olympics opening ceremony.
Elite sport as seen through the eyes of the Trainspotting cast, David Holmes, Holy Fuck, Doctor Who, The Sex Pistols, William Henry Monk, The Prodigy, Handel, Mike Oldfield, Winifred Atwell, Rizzle Kicks, Lionel Bart and Her Maj – to name but a baker’s dozen – combined to challenge the notion of the UK as a divided nation of stiff upper lipped Daily Telegraph readers and sink estate pram pushers.
Smack bang in the middle of all the mayhem was Alex Trimble, the newly bequiffed Two Door Cinema Club man who was invited to perform the new Underworld song, ‘Caliban’s Dream’, with Only Men Aloud, the Dockhead Choir, the London Symphony Orchestra, soprano Elizabeth Roberts and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Surreal or what?
“Totally!” the affable 23-year-old agrees. “I don’t know when or if it will ever sink in. The week was very, very full-on which was good because it didn’t give me a chance to think about it too much. I came in on the Saturday before and watched the run-through; then on Sunday I had a rehearsal; Monday another rehearsal; Tuesday we went to Amsterdam to do some promo; flew back Wednesday morning and went straight into rehearsals; Thursday I had a day off; and Friday I was in rehearsals straight through the day. It was mental!”
Such is the lot of a globetrotting international rock star whose band’s new album, Beacon, debuted at number one last month in Ireland and if it hadn’t been for those meddling Vaccines – starts shaking fist, Scooby-Doo-style – would have been top of the pile in the UK as well. I imagine there were a few missed calls and messages on his phone when he came off stage at Wembley?