Trimble: Hard to fit in album No 2
Two Door Cinema Club have revealed how they struggled to fit in recording a second album because they were so busy touring their first.
The album, Beacon, was finally released in July this year, well over two years since their first Tourist History hit the shelves.
"It was recorded quickly," admitted frontman Alex Trimble. "There were a lot of ideas floating around while we were travelling after Tourist History, things were recorded on phones, just melody ideas, and I always carry a notebook.
"I write a lot when we're away, but there came a time when we had to say 'Enough!', that we wanted to get cracking on album number two. That's hard to do because - fortunately - there were so many people that wanted to see us, and we wanted to play to as many of them as possible."
Thankfully the band were able to stop touring for a few months and recorded Beacon with Garret 'Jacknife' Lee in Topanga Canyon, just outside Los Angeles. Lee has worked with Snow Patrol, U2, REM and Robbie Williams in the past.
"We were there for two-and-a-bit months," said Trimble who, like the rest of the band, is originally from County Down in Northern Ireland.
"We lived in Venice Beach and recorded up the road," he continued. "It was lovely, such a change of pace. The three of us have only ever lived in the UK, but being in California was so different; the weather, the relaxed way of life and surroundings, it just helped everything.
"I didn't learn to rollerblade or anything, but we did get really healthy. It's almost a guilt trip going there as they're all so health conscious. After a while we got into it and really started to enjoy it. By the time we finished, we were in the best shape of our lives. Maybe that health kick every two years when making an album will be enough to keep us going?
"But then, I am a ginger guy from Northern Ireland. The sun isn't really my friend," he laughed.
:: Two Door Cinema Club's second album Beacon is out now. They begin their UK tour on January 24.