Two Door Cinema Club Spill Olympic Secrets

16 August 2012 | 4:14 pm | Bryget Chrisfield

Two Door Cinema Club frontman Alex Trimble reveals he couldn't keep his Olympic appearance a complete secret.

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When offered the chance to perform at the opening of the London 2012 Olympics, Two Door Cinema Club frontman Alex Trimble "agreed to everything before I heard the song,”

In an interview with theMusic's Bryget Chrisfield yesterday, Trimble also admitted that he was unable to keep his performance secret as requested prior to the the opening night.

Trimble sang an original song, penned just for him by Underworld, at the Opening Ceremony earlier this month. “Rick [Smith] had chosen me specifically to sing that song 'cause he decided that my voice was the voice that would suit that song.”

The song that Trimble performed was called Caliban's Dream and being a part of the ceremony required that he sign his first-ever confidentiality agreement: “I wasn't allowed to tell anyone. The only people that knew were the other two guys in the band and my manager.”

However, he now confesses that he broke the emabargo: “I called my mum two days before it happened and she was just in a total state of shock.

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“I told her 'cause I didn't want her to have a heart attack and also I wanted her to see it – I feel like she might've gone to bed, so I wanted to make sure that she actually saw it and experienced it firsthand. I mean, both my parents were ridiculously proud but my mum was just in a total state of shock.”

Trimble said that Two Door Cinema Club were touring Stateside when he got the first call from the band's manager. “I was half asleep when he called me and it all just seemed like it wasn't true. It was such a stupid idea that any of this could be real. He calls me and tells me that Danny Boyle was asking for me and I'm thinking, 'Why the hell would a movie director be asking for me?' And then Underworld, you know, they're kinda like legends of dance music.”

A self-confessed Underworld fan, Trimble admitted, “That's kinda like the reason that I said yes, because the first thing I thought of was Trainspotting, which was obviously the first time that Danny and Underworld had worked together and that's such a fantastic film, with an amazing soundtrack, and so iconic. And I just kinda thought, 'No matter what happens this is gonna be good.'  It was kinda like being a part of history.” 

Other acts chosen to perform at the ceremony included Arctic Monkeys, Paul McCartney and Dizzee Rascal but Trimble claimed that he “wasn't nervous at all” waiting for his cue to take the Olympic Park stadium stage. “But, you know, this is the biggest thing I've ever done and it's so big that I couldn't even comprehend how big it was. I couldn't process all that information – there was one billion viewers worldwide, there were 80,000 people in the stadium and all the other information as well: working with Danny Boyle, working with Underworld, working with Dame Evelyn Glennie. It was just ridiculous! For that reason, none of it felt real so to me there was no reason to be nervous.”

Caliban's Dream features on Isles Of Wonder: Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games. Two Door Cinema Club's new album Beacon is scheduled for release on Friday 31 August through Kitsuné/Co-Op and the Irish trio is also locked in to tour our shores later this year for Falls and Southbound festivals.