King Tut’s – 27/3

Tokyo Police Club

After four years away, Ontario-natives Tokyo Police Club took to the King Tut’s stage once again, this time to promote their latest album Forcefield.  Those familiar with the band will instantly recognize their infectious, upbeat indie rock that strongly resembles that of fellow Club-ers: Bombay Bicycle Club and Two Door Cinema Club.

The Canadian group may not sound quite as sleek as their peers, but instead they possess a rugged forcefulness that serves them very well on stage. Seeing anyone stand completely still was a rarity.

For about ninety minutes the band ploughed through an energetic whirlwind of a set. To the audience’s delight, they mixed new material with familiar gems such as the excellent and somewhat underrated ‘Be Good’, from debut album A Lesson in Crime and ‘Wait Up (Boots of Danger)’ from 2010 album Champ. With the exception of a couple pre-occupied with taking selfies and exchanging saliva, the audience was supportive, eager to sing, and contently bouncing up and down throughout the set.

High-energy tracks aside however; an unintentionally über-acoustic rendition of crowd-favourite ‘Tessellate’ indisputably remains as the gig’s most memorable moment.  Once back for the encore and facing the approaching curfew, technical difficulties urged lead singer David Monks to perform said song completely unplugged. A wonderful sense of intimacy and occasion filled the room, with people gently swaying and chiming in, without ever overpowering Monks’ vocals.  All that was missing was a campfire…

Like both Spoon and Modest Mouse, Tokyo Police Club’s songs would have fit right into the world of The OC, when that was a thing – ten odd years ago. Consequently, on a personal scale the gig to trigger a severe case of nostalgia, which made it even more enjoyable. While their sound definitely still holds up in 2014, they essentially play the kind of music that makes my inner 15-year old swoon.

[Frida Runnkvist]

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