Two Door Cinema Club: More Than Just A Sandwich

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.

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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!!!!!

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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.

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