Two Door Cinema Club at The Midland

Two Door Cinema Club’s album “Tourist History” is arguably one of the indie/alternative albums. So when they came to Kansas City (pretty much their only midwest location this tour) I figured I’d go.

The opener was British band Blossoms. Their sound is somewhat similar to Two Door Cinema Club, so it was a good way to get everyone excited. But considering they were only the opener, not many people were listening, until the singer asked if there was anyone who was recently dumped. He got the name of a girl in front (Brooklyn) and who she was dumped by (Kyle) and proceeded to sing the next song with both of their names in it. Throughout the song and afterward the crowd yelled “You suck, Kyle!”, “I hate you, Kyle!”, etc. I’ve never witnessed that kind of camaraderie at a concert before, and it was incredibly cool.

Then Two Door Cinema Club came on and performed
“Cigarettes in the Theater”, while white lights flashed on and off behind them, which is a technique I had never seen before. But halfway through the song the lights shifted, and I knew that this would be the most visually stunning show I had ever seen. The lights got brighter and made crisscrossing beams over the audience. Then for the next song, the eight large panels behind the band turned on with pulsating blue lights. And for each song the lights changed. At one point it was a map, at another it was T.V. static. I think my favorite was during “Something Good Can Work”. The screen had gold stars and diamonds stacked inside each other, and they waved and continued to move inward. It’s hard to explain, but it looked like this:
They performed most of “Tourist History”, with some of their other stuff in the middle. And there was definitely a lull in the crowd because of it, but the light show was still cool to look at. I also noted that there seemed to be more middle- aged people than I was used to seeing at Midland concerts. Maybe this was due to it being a Tuesday night show, so a lot of younger people couldn’t go on a school night. Several times I thought that The Midland was a bad venue for the show. Not because I don’t like the venue, but because I would’ve loved to see this show outdoors. The lights were amazing, but after awhile it made the space seem a little cramped.

The band didn’t really talk much between songs, besides the basic “Thank you, Kansas City.” But Trimble explained that the first time the band played in Kansas City, the venue was double-book with a nine year old’s birthday party. The band then launched into their final song, “What You Know”, which was the perfect way to illustrate both how much they didn’t care about the incident and how far they’d been since then.

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