O-town plays host to international bands

O-town plays host to international bands

By Evelyn Ortega and Veronica Figueroa
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Many fans were risking fines and their cars getting towed for parking in front of other stores during Tokyo Police Club’s and Two Door Cinema Club’s in-store performance at Park Ave CDs.

“I would risk that, just to hear Alex’s voice,” Nicole Bell said while the store manager gave everyone in the packed shop another warning. She was speaking of Alex Trimble, lead singer of Two Door Cinema Club, one of the two bands that were scheduled to show up.

Thursday night Winter Park welcomed these two international bands touring the United States: Tokyo Police Club and Two Door Cinema Club.

Tokyo Police Club came from right across the northern border; Ontario, Canada. The four band members, Greg Alsop on drums, Josh Hook on guitar, David Monks on vocals and bass and Graham Wright on the keyboard and percussion came to be in 2005. The band finally released their first full length album, “Elephant Shell” in April 2008, which was followed by numerous sold out shows in cities like Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and now, Orlando.

Two Door Cinema Club traveled a much longer commute all the way from Northern, Ireland. The three band members meet at the age of 15 in school in a town close to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Vocalist and guitarist Alex Trimble and bassist Kevin Baird studied music together; guitarist Sam Halliday was a friend of Alex’s. The trio originally formed a rock band with a drummer, but after he left the remaining members continued on using a session drummer only for live shows.
Park Ave CDs has held many in store performance in their funky, quirky headquarters. As soon as you walk in you can see all types of artist and bands posters throughout the walls, rows of various genres of music from new releases to the rarest vinyl and an incredible stage. Tokyo Police Club stepped into the stage and they began the show giving thanks for everyone who came out to the show risking their cars’s well-being.

“I wasn’t able to get tickets to the show and couldn’t miss on a chance to watch them for free. I prefer Tokyo Police Club my favorite song is “Wait Up.” I really hope they play it tonight. They might not have too much time to sign stuff but I would love to get an autograph,” Valencia student, Marie Battad, said.

When Two Door Cinema Club began to set up, lead singer Alex Trimble apologized for the technical difficulties they were experiencing. While they waited for the issues to be fixed, they mentioned that they loved Orlando and had spent all day at Universal Studios.

After playing at Park Ave CDs, the bands graced downtown Orlando’s The Social with their presence once again at a sold out show.
Doors opened at 8:30 p.m., but it would be another hour until TDCC took the stage, and the opening band wasn’t helping. The Missouri-based band, called Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, can be found at http://www.myspace.com/boris. They were sweating profusely and not playing to their full capacity, but they were opening for two great bands, so who can blame them?
When the alternative/electronica band, TDCC, finally came out, they rocked the stage. They sang some of their more popular songs including “What You Know” and “I Can Talk.” During the “I Can Talk” performance, the fans were all over the place. The combination of jumping and the strobe lights added to the hipster insanity.

They played for an hour, then Tokyo Police Club came out half an hour later and Dave Monks, their lead singer, along with the band, jumped right into their hit song “Favourite Color.” Their genre is indie/pop, so there was a lot less bouncing fans during their performance, but nonetheless it was great. They played songs from their first and second albums, including “Bambi” and “In a Cave.”
“This show was great. Both bands have two very different styles, but I felt that they were super good together. They should have reversed the line up though and let Tokyo Police open for Two Door,” said Louie Diaz, a fan and Valencia student.
Both bands sounded great live and the fans really enjoyed the show. For the finale, Two Door Cinema Club and Tokyo Police Club did a cover of “Last Night” by The Strokes which was pretty much everything the fans could have wanted.
Orlando has played host to a fair share of musical acts coming from all ends of the world. Rock being one of the genres that has put a stamp on O-town plenty of times, so it was no surprise that these bands were welcomed and loved by devoted fans and new fans.

After another great show, Dave from Tokyo Police Club asked on the band’s fan page on Facebook: “Where do Florida’s magic powers come from?” Doesn’t he know? It’s in the orange juice.