Tokyo Police Club – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia Pa.

If Canadian indie outfit Tokyo Police Club aimed to take over the world with their infectious and urgent dance rock, they could count on Philadelphia to be loyal followers. The First Unitarian Church was already packed with a line of people outside hoping to get in as I made my way in during opening act and fellow Canadians The Meligrove Band‘s set. It only managed to become full during Smoosh’s set and almost overbearing when Tokyo Police Club finally claimed the stage.

From the moment Smoosh played their last note until Josh Hook, Greg Alsop, Graham Wright and David Monks walked onto the stage, the Church was abuzz with energy and anticipation from the ten year old girls in front of me up against the stage to the twenty and thirty-somethings in the back. An elaborate display of lights lined the back wall and front edge of the stage and when those lights flashed on for the first time, the audience went crazy.

With few songs clocking in over 3 minutes, Tokyo Police Club was able to play most of their discography, delighting the fervent crowd. The first two songs saw the audience still fairly tame, but as “Box” from the “Nature of the Experiment” single, the crowd flew into a frenzy of dancing and moshing. The rest of the show saw the crowd in the same frantic manner, jumping around and pushing into one another, showing their love and enthusiasm for Tokyo Police Club. If “Box” saw the beginning of the crowd’s insanity, “Graves,” “Your English Is Good” and “Nature of the Experiment” all increased its intensity level as the band’s energy also soared on stage.

After playing “Tessellate” from the disc, Monks informed the audience that he was really impressed with Philadelphia because for as many shows as the band had played, the Philly crowd was the only one to get the hand claps down right. I didn’t think it was possible, but with the praise from Monks, the audience rocked out crazier and harder, straight through the end of set, the two minutes the band left the stage, and during the encore. Tokyo Police Club played a tight set with the most energy I’ve ever seen. They are definitely a band you need to see. Tokyo Police Club are playing tonight at the Magic Stick in Detroit and will be on tour through June (dates below).

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Tour Dates:
May 04 – Magic Stick/Detroit, Michigan
May 05 – Metro/Chicago, Illinois
May 06 – Varsity Theatre/Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 08 – Garrick’s Theatre/Winnipeg, Manitoba
May 09 – Louis’ Pub/Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
May 10/11 – The Warehouse/Calgary, Alberta
May 12 – The Starlite Room/Edmonton, Alberta
May 14 – The Habitat/Kelowna, British Columbia
(SOLD OUT)
May 16 – Plaza Club/Vancouver, British Columbia
May 17 – Sugar Nightclub/Victoria, British Columbia
May 18 – Neumos/Seattle, Washington
May 19 – Hawthorne Theatre/Portland, Oregon
May 22 – Bluebird Theatre/Denver, Colorado
May 23 – Slowdown/Omaha, Nebraska

29 May – Barfly/Cambridge
30 May – Bodega/Nottingham
31 May – Cockpit/Leeds
01 Jun – Night & Day/Manchester
03 Jun – Barfly/Birmingham
05 Jun – Le Bontanique/Brussels
06 Jun – Rock Am Ring/Nurburgring
07 Jun – Rock Im Park/Zeppelinfeld
08 Jun – La Maroquinerie/Paris
10 Jun – King Tuts/Glasglow
11 Jun – Other Rooms/Newcastle
12 Jun – Academy/Oxford
13 Jun – Marquee/Hertford
16 Jun – Digital/Brighton
17 Jun – Thekla/Bristol
18 Jun – Scala/London

Tokyo Police Club: website | myspace | Elephant Shell review

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  1. […] lacking for energy, as proven from their live show, Tokyo Police Club will continue its relentless touring regimen with another string of U.S. dates […]

  2. […] Police Club: website | myspace | live review | Elephant Shell […]

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