With tickets already completely sold out, the announcement that Sundara Karma were to be supporting Two Door got fans incredibly excited.
Having already supported The Wombats and doing a headline tour of their own, Reading-made Sundara Karma flashed off plenty of tunes from their recently-released debut album ‘Youth Is Only Fun In Retrospect’, which you can read about in our January ‘Albums of the month’ post.
Anteros, fronted by Laura Hayden, opened the show on Monday
These guys were joined by “bitter-dream pop” four-piece Anteros. Based in London and fronted by Laura Hayden (who has a striking resemblance of a young Debbie Harry from Blondie), Anteros proved to be a fitting opening act for this huge show. Songs like ‘Fade to Grey’, ‘Breakfast’ and a self-titled track were the ones to get the crowd going, with the latter being filled with claps and chants of its hook -“could this be the first part of the last start”. Perhaps not yet entirely comfortable with the big stage, I’m confident these guys are going to get bigger and better over the next few years.
The real reason anyone was at Southampton’s O2 Guildhall on Monday night, however, was to experience the big guns live in action. Seven years on from the release of ‘Tourist History’, Two Door Cinema Club sounded the real deal.
Where it all started
Having never seen them live before, my inner 12 year-old was finally able to sing-along to the indie anthems that were the catalyst for my deep-rooted love for indie/rock music. Opening the gig was the song that introduced their debut – ‘Cigarettes In The Theatre’ – followed swiftly by three more tunes from the same album – ‘Undercover Martyn’, ‘Do You Want It All?’ and ‘This Is The Life’. Wow. Just like living in the good old pre-Brexit days of 2010 again. ‘Changing of the Seasons’ (from album #2, ‘Beacon’) came next, before ‘Bad Decisions’, the second single from their recently-released third LP, saw a strange but nevertheless welcome change in feel to the show. Only three more songs from ‘Gameshow‘ would make an appearance in the setlist, as the County Down lads treated their fans to a spectacle of all that was familiar and much-loved. As expected, ‘What You Know’ was the final song of the encore, and sent everyone home beaming from what they’d just experienced.
‘Gameshow’, the title track of their latest album.
You can catch Two Door Cinema Club at a number of UK festivals this year, including Parklife, TRNSMT, Y Not, Boardmasters, and Reading & Leeds.
Check out the setlist here:
Listen to ‘Gameshow’ now: