LIVE REVIEW: Two Door Cinema Club + Sundara Karma at O2 Academy, Leeds

The Irish favourites bring their blistering pop to Leeds.

With their third album ‘Gameshow’, released in October last year, Two Door Cinema Club drove their sound into even more polished pop territory than their previous efforts. Tonight, we see them hit Leeds’ O2 Academy as part of a sold out UK tour with new kids on the indie block Sundara Karma in support.

Given that Sundara Karma’s debut album ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’ was released less than a month before this tour, they have a staggering amount of beady-eyed followers in the crowd tonight. Their set begins with album opener ‘A Young Understanding’: pounding drums, reverb-drenched guitars and angsty vocals come crashing through the sound system, and they instantly set the tone as a band that are much more than just a support. This irresistible brand of delightful indie continues throughout their eight-song set as they blast through album tracks such as ‘Olympia’, ‘Flame’ and ‘She Said’. Closer and fan favourite ‘Loveblood’ cements them as a band to be invested in for any first-time listeners.

Two Door Cinema Club’s set is stellar from start to finish. The first four songs are all taken from their debut, an unusual move for a band touring in support of a new album. It all flows seamlessly as the band plough through ‘Changing of the Seasons’ and Prince-esque new single ‘Bad Decisions’ and fan favourite ‘Next Year’.

For the spiky-Swift tune ‘Lavender’, Alex Trimble loses the guitar and exerts his full vocal power with stunning accuracy. It’s a perfect selection of songs spanning their entire catalogue, with all the highs and lows in the right places – every song packs a serious punch and nothing feels forced. ‘Something Good Can Work’ (gets people on shoulders every time), ‘Are We Ready? (Wreck)’ and ‘I Can Talk’ feature in the second half of the set before they wrap up with the wonderfully melancholy ‘Sun’.

The band comes back on to effortlessly deliver ‘Someday’ and ‘What You Know’, putting both themselves and the crowd in their element; a blistering show that is both sonically and visually stunning. It’s a night of people leaving the all too real mind-numbing news headlines at the door and feeling brilliant for two hours. If nothing else, it’s impossible to see Two Door Cinema Club and not come away feeling like you can conquer the world.

Two Door Cinema Club’s album ‘Gameshow’ is out now via Parlophone and Transgressive.

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