Anteros opened the show with such stage presence for a first support act that anyone would’ve thought it was their headline show. The silky, happy tones of their latest EP’s title song ‘Breakfast’ saw the whole band bobbing in unison. The indie pop four-piece played beautifully, getting the crowd to clap along and dance despite barely anyone knowing the words. The audience held their arms firmly in the air creating a picture worthy scene. All in all, a bloody good start!
Sundara Karma, who came out to a somewhat overwhelming response from the seemingly tipsy crowd, were next on the bill. Drinks, people and even bras were flying everywhere when they opened with ‘Young Understanding’. Aside from the slightly lifeless bassist, this performance, and in particular ‘She Said’ and ‘Loveblood’, affirmed frontman Oscar Pollock as the most adorable androgynous man currently on the indie music scene. As if the crowd weren’t going well and truly ballistic already, a few decent dance tracks got the audience through the break, most notably Darude’s ‘Sandstorm’.
By this point, there was a definite buzz in the air and the moment finally arrived for Two Door Cinema Club to grace us with their presence. They strolled onto stage in a blinding flash of strobe lighting and opened with Tourist History classic ‘Cigarettes In The Theatre’, which sent the crowd into a frenzy. This was followed by ‘Undercover Martyn’, which was proudly screeched by most members of the audience. The lyrics, “She spoke words that would melt in your hands, and she spoke words of wisdom,” could be heard from all corners of the venue.
“The crowd went crazy for the ’80s disco vibes. In all honesty, I think the crowd would have been happy if they’d have played ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ at this point.”
It wasn’t until after the first two tracks did front man Alex Trimble introduce the band with a rather husky ‘Alright Southampton?’ and a cheeky grin. A beautifully executed rendition of ‘Do You Want It All?’ resulted in more attempts at singing and many cracked voices from the crowd. The packed hall was then treated to another two classics; ‘This is the Life’ and ‘Changing of the Seasons’, which were followed by ‘Bad Decisions’, the first showing from album Gameshow.
The band didn’t leave much time for talking as they headed straight into ‘Lavender’, another Gameshow track. The sheer production value poured into these tracks was evident on the night, and perhaps a credit to their four year break since 2011’s Beacon.
As I heard those first few synthy waves followed by some infectious drum beats I knew it was time for my favourite Two Door song, ‘Next Year.’ Everything about this song was pure perfection, and despite having seen it played live twice already, I blubbed like a baby throughout the entire nearly-four-minute song.
“The electric atmosphere that these songs left in the venue was enough to tide us over through the break before an absolutely mind-blowing encore.”
The rest of the gig was a happy daze as the band rattled through ‘Come Back Home’, ‘Ordinary’, and ‘Something Good Can Work’, the latter sending the audience into cardiac arrest trying to scream the lyrics and simultaneously bounce along to the infectious high notes. ‘Je Viens De La’, another Gameshow album track, was tested on us. As one can imagine, the crowd went crazy for the ’80s disco vibes. In all honesty, I think the crowd would have been happy if they’d have played ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ at this point.
Throwing me back into my early teens, they played ‘I Can Talk’ and ‘Sleep Alone’ back to back, which was appreciated greatly by the ecstatic crowd. Two absolutely classic tunes followed in the form of ‘Eat That Up/ It’s Good For You’ and ‘Sun’. The electric atmosphere that these songs left in the venue was enough to tide us over through the break before an absolutely mind blowing encore.
The encore consisted of ‘Someday’ and a sobering rendition of ‘What You Know’. The three piece played the crowd perfectly with the tantalising drop of ‘What You Know’ sending the audience into one collective bouncing organism as a ‘last hurrah’. I left the venue with a signed copy of Sundara Karma’s debut album Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect and a cute little yellow cassette tape from Anteros which made for some perfect post gig listening and small reminder of a memorable night in the Southampton Guildhall.