The boys from Bangor are back at it after a lengthy 3 year absence and the quality of ‘Bad Decisions’ shows why they have been missed so much. They appear to have a slightly tweaked sound based on the song’s synth-heavy, funk-filled instrumentals which lead singer Alex Trimble attributes to a pair of late greats in David Bowie and Prince. The video itself matches the era that inspired the new sound, each band member being depicted in cartoon video game sequence with a mix of surreal strobe lighting and flashing cutscenes that wouldn’t feel out of place in ‘The Clangers’.
However Trimble’s infectiously happy, distinct vocals remain which will reassure any diehard fans of the band. The trademark buoyant riffs are still there too, cheery and effervescent as ever. ‘Bad Decisions’ does not represent a drastic change in identity but rather a development that comes with maturity.
This development takes the form of a more poised outfit that have gone through the gung-ho bounciness of youth to come back wiser and refreshed. The maturity is evident through the societal swipe taken at ‘generation information’, Trimble deploring the narcissistic, technology obsessed drone that is modern society, showcasing an added topical layer to Two Door’s songwriting.
Having recently played Reading & Leeds and announced a headline UK Tour at the beginning of 2017 and third album ‘Gameshow’ being released this October, the trio seem ready to roll again and ‘Bad Decisions’ proves they haven’t lost any of their talent. That is, their tendency to create catchy, cloud-nine worthy hits.