When he's not commandeering the stage as the boisterous bassist for SoCal punks Blink-182, Tweeting wisdom to more than 1.6 million followers, or handling album production duties for bands like Motion City Soundtrack and New Found Glory, you'd think Mark Hoppus would turn down the music.
In our continuing series, Hopp on Pop, Hoppus shares his favorite acts, culled from his incessant pursuit of all that rocks. (Click here to discover Mark's previous picks: British buzz band Mumford & Sons, folk couple the Weepies, globetrotting MC Uffie, and many more.) Check out his latest entry below, and come back to SPIN.com every Wednesday for Mark's next discovery.
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
Bangor/Donaghadee, Northern Ireland
This Irish trio eschews a traditional rhythm section for digital loops on their debut album, Tourist History, which just came out in the U.K. -- and will see a U.S. release later in 2010. The resulting sound possesses the angular guitar thrash of Bloc Party paired with the synthetic grooves of the Postal Service. That latter reference is further bolstered by frontman Alex Trimble's voice, which occasionally bears quite a resemblance to Ben Gibbard's. The band also plays the remix game, contributing a version of Phoenix's "Lasso" to the French outfit's recent remixes collection.
WHERE HOPP HEARD THEM FIRST:
"A package arrived from Glassnote Records.Inside were a bunch of goodies, including this CD. I put it in the player for the drive home from the studio and fell in love by the time the first chorus hit."
WHY THEY ROCK:
"Dance-y, frenetic indie rock. Driving drums, scratchy infectious guitar noodles, and some damn fine singing.If you can imagine Death Cab for Cutie meets Jon Brion's 'I Believe She's Lying,' then you're starting to get the idea. Hyper, all over the place, and amazing."
HOPP'S TOP TRACK:
"I'll have to go with the track that hit me most the first time around. Anyway, 'Undercover Martyn' is the jam. My head bobs at the mere thought of it! One listen and the chorus was driven into my head for the rest of my life."
WATCH: Two Door Cinema Club, "Undercover Martyn"(DOWNLOAD MP3)
FIND OUT MORE:
Two Door Cinema Club on MySpace