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Posted at 4:20 PM ET, 01/21/2011

In concert: Two Door Cinema Club at 9:30 Club

By Chris Klimek

two door cinema clubTwo Door Cinema Club puts a peppy spin on the sounds of its influences. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

The members of the Belfast-bred dance-rock trio Two Door Cinema Club are barely old enough to drink. But the group's middle-of-the-bill 50-minute set at the 9:30 Thursday night demonstrated that for all their youthful charm and enthusiasm, as songwriters and performers, they're confident, more-than-competent professionals. Originality comes harder, but what band didn't begin its career with a batch of tunes derivative of the bands they like?

The songs, all caffeinated tempos and jagged angles, are more danceable than memorable, rarely occupying your speakers or your consciousness for longer than three-minutes-thirty, but the payoff is immediate -- their attenuated guitar lines and hyperactive rhythms don't need a half-dozen spins to reveal themselves. They may remind you, according to your age/musical pedigree/quantity of Four Loko intake, variously of Manic Street Preachers or Modest Mouse or maybe Broken Social Scene.

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Trimble's reedy vocals, especially, can make his band sounds like the farm team for Phoenix, the French band they've opened for and remixed. The core trio expanded their lineup with a drummer who replicated the superball rhythms of tracks like "Do You Want It All" and "What You Know" with lockstep accuracy. Performing in casual-Friday button downs and jeans (Trimble and guitarist Sam Halliday) and a greasy sleeveless t-shirt (bassist Kevin Baird) in front of an array of myth-building backlight, the band proved that making a crowd move is now within their reach.

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By Chris Klimek  | January 21, 2011; 4:20 PM ET
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