Today’s Feature: August 9th and 10th

August 9, 2007 at 11:06 am (Archive)


It’s hard to believe that a band with such a startling collection of media praise could just as easily never existed. The Tokyo Police Club (TPC), a band that has played in North America, Europe and Japan only formed “by accident.” Surprised? The critics probably are too. Popular UK music magazine NME (The New Musical Express) went as far to state that the “Tokyo Police Club are a bold, inventive, brilliant band, And that’s the absolute truth.” It’s acclaim such as this that makes it so hard to believe that Greg Alsop, Josh Hook, Dave Monks and Graham Wright got together only by chance. They decided that the unyielding chemistry they once created while constructing music was too potent to let go. Within a simple basement, in an ordinary suburb of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, something clicked, and TPC was born.

Well, TPC wasn’t exactly born-they weren’t sure of a name at the time. The name of the band actually came out of one of their hits, “Cheer It On” off of “A Lesson in Crime.” Their most recent release, the single “Your English is Good,” is grabbing hoards of attention, showcasing the bands unique mesh of sound that includes dynamic group vocals and unrelenting bass and drums drawn together by sharply placed guitar and keyboards. While TPC has been celebrated by media outlets such as Exclaim!, Rolling Stone, and, perhaps Toronto magazine EYE Weekly sums it up best, “they are undeniably catchy and raw, marrying danceable hooks with talk of robot
masters and global emergencies, providing an upbeat soundtrack to our troubled times.”

So if TPC is coming to your town (and chances are these tour masters are), get to the show! Your senses will not only be tempted by the vibrant and catchy rhythms, but you’ll also find that this band understands the visual aspect of a show is “at least as important as the sound.” Be sure to read their XXQ’s at before you head off…


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