Two Door Cinema Club deny Barack Obama concert story

  • 28 August 2012
  • From the section Music
Alex Trimble from Two Door Cinema Club

Alex Trimble from Two Door Cinema Club has denied reports that Barack Obama has booked every seat at one of their gigs in Washington DC.

The band are touring North America in October but say that isn't why they've had to add a second show in the US capital.

"I saw it in a magazine and I thought, 'That's fine. Just one magazine's written about it'," said Alex Trimble.

"Then in the past few days it's been everywhere. It's complete lies."

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Two Door Cinema Club played before headliners Justice in the Radio 1/NME tent at this weekend's Reading and Leeds Festivals.

During their performances they debuted four new tracks (Wake Up, Sleep Alone, Next Year and Someday) from their second studio album, Beacon, which is released on 3 September.

Alex Trimble says the band have been extremely happy with the reception their new material has been getting.

"The reaction has been overwhelming," he said.

"Since the singles have gone out on the radio and we put our entire album up to stream on Friday, the reaction has been absolutely incredible."

The band - singer Alex Trimble, lead guitarist Sam Halliday and bassist Kevin Baird - tour Europe in November and head to Japan and Australia before the New Year.

Olympic gig

They then play a 10-date UK tour early in 2013 starting in Newcastle on 24 January.

Alex Trimble says it'll be nice to come home.

"We've spent so much time in other places around the world that it feels recently we've neglected the UK a little bit and I've missed it as well," he said.

Alex Trimble from Two Door Cinema Club
Two Door Cinema Club performed a secret BBC Introducing gig at Reading

"So it's nice that we're coming back to play some proper shows of our own."

The Two Door Cinema Club singer also performed at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

He sang Caliban's Dream while seven young athletes were handed the torch by former British Olympians including Sir Steve Redgrave.

"I wasn't expecting anything," Alex Trimble admitted.

"The thing with the Olympics was that it was so huge, such a massive honour and such a big thing to be part of it didn't really feel real.

"I didn't feel like I was part of it. But a lot did come after that performance and so many more people are interested in me and in our band, which is amazing."