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Listen: Two Door Cinema Club record cover of John Lennon classic in aid of Extern

Popular Northern Ireland band, Two Door Cinema Club have recorded a cover version of John Lennon's `Isolation' in aid of Ireland's leading social justice charity. The three-member band, which hails from Bangor in Co Down, have recorded the hit in a bid to raise funds for Extern
Marie Louise McConville

POPULAR Northern Ireland band, Two Door Cinema Club have recorded a cover version of John Lennon's `Isolation' in aid of Ireland's leading social justice charity.

The band, who hail from Bangor in Co Down, have recorded the hit in a bid to raise funds for Extern.

As the UK went into lock-down, frontman Alex Trimble recorded a cover of the John Lennon classic at his makeshift home studio.

Originally released in 1970 on Lennon’s debut solo album, `John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band', Alex’s rendition of `Isolation' sees crooned lounge vocals floating above psych-tinged keys and woozy beats, bringing a poignant new meaning to the track amidst the current climate.

All proceeds from the release of the cover will go to support Extern, which each year helps more than 20,000 people change their lives.

Any money raised will help the organisation continue to be able to care for people and families who are isolated or vulnerable during these challenging times.

Speaking about the move, bassist Kevin Baird said: "In October 2019 I had the pleasure of visiting the Extern offices in Belfast, just a few hours before our show at the Telegraph building.

"I've been in awe of their tremendous work ever since, in particular the life saving administering of naloxone to those in the grips of an opioid overdose," he said.

"Extern work so hard to protect and provide for anyone who need it in Ireland, north and south. They literally save lives and so much more".

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