Gig Review: Tokyo Police Club At Scala, 15/07/10

Posted in Music, Reviews
By Sam Bathe on 16 Jul 2010

Shortly ahead of the release of their sophomore album, Champ, (out Monday), Tokyo Police Club took to the stage at Scala and once again proved why they’re a band that deserve to be selling out stadiums.

A little over a month delayed after their June 8th Scala date was postponed for (albeit very impressive) US touring commitments, the packed out crowd didn’t mind too much as the four-piece ripped through favourites off debut Elephant Shell and showcased new tracks that went down equally as well.

Tokyo Police Club have always had a college band aesthetic to their style and sound, but they’re as tight as anyone when playing live. The spritely guitars and hectic pace of their studio albums is even more pronounced and Dave Monks’ somewhat awkward vocals only draw you in more. Crowd-pleasers Tessellate and Graves blended nicely with the jarring high-pitched riffs on Gone and fellow newcomer Favourite Colour, while End Of A Spark and Big Difference proved instants hits.

Returning to encore with English Is Good and older number from the band’s A Lesson In Crime EP, they promised to be back later in the year, a statement met with rapturous applause. The Canadian four-piece will always be welcomed back with open arms.

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