When Two Door Cinema Membership returned again in 2019 with False Alarm, there was a pleasant tone of being “severely unserious.” However now, that lighthearted message means one thing a bit totally different; after two years of a pandemic and a prolonged interval of being caught at dwelling, playful and constructive artwork helped reduce the load of our world state of affairs, and as most of us exit lockdown, there’s a definable sense of stress round re-entering the world and beginning over.
For Two Door Cinema Membership, they simply need you to maintain calm and smile on. As we speak (June sixteenth), they’ve introduced their forthcoming fifth studio album, set for launch on September 2nd of this yr. Hold On Smiling as a title implies a pair various things: for one, it’s a steadfast picture of positivity and optimism, a plea to maintain spirits brilliant within the face of anguish. But it surely additionally means that that anguish is almost unimaginable to keep away from, that the heaviness of our present actuality is simply too exhausting to disregard, and to maintain on smiling is an ironic approach of acknowledging everybody’s pessimism.
The dichotomy of this concept — optimism versus pessimism, acknowledging change versus ignoring it — is on the core of Hold On Smiling. And in true Two Door Cinema Membership vogue, the band has channeled these concepts via a brilliant, neon-colored glow, stuffed with glitzy synths, traditional melodies, and a few nods to their raucous and bustling debut, Vacationer Historical past.