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Video of the Moment #1482: Tokyo Police Club

 
By on Friday, 28th March 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Canucks Tokyo Police Club have finally released an official video for the poptastic ‘Hot Tonight’. Do you remember going to the arcade to play Ms. Pacman and getting hand cramps from using that blasted Atari joystick? Or did that just go whoosh over your head? Either way, this is a nice throwback to the ’80s (and before) video. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIdfhROd7L8[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1446: Tokyo Police Club

 
By on Friday, 7th February 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Since we live in an age where it’s not unusual for bands to ask fans to pay for recording and sometimes living expenses, this fan-sourced video from Tokyo Police Club for ‘Hot Tonight’, made up of video clips from their devoted fans is not all that surprising. If anything, it’s definitely an amusing way to end the week. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQIw2fSWEFY[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Two Door Cinema Club and Tokyo Police Club with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 20th January 2011

 
By on Tuesday, 25th January 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

According to an interview friend of TGTF Tara O. did in Ottawa a little while back with Two Door Cinema Club, they signed on to do a co-headlining tour this month with Canadians Tokyo Police Club because they thought it could help them gain popularity in North America. I can’t really tell how many punters in the 9:30 Club last Thursday night were in attendance for Two Door and not Tokyo Police, but there was incredible energy, leading me to believe that they didn’t really need to team up with Tokyo. However, the two bands did do a pretty sweet duet at the end, as you shall read later.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is a Missouri indie band. I didn’t know much about them but I have lots of friends who are fans, so I was interested to see them live. Nice, bouncy, unpretentious rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a shame that while I was waiting in the merch line, people were saying the reason why the club was so empty at the start of the night was because they were talking outside with their friends, smoking, etc. Their loss really, because I thought Someone Still… was a great, fun warm-up to the two acts after them (and really, probably one of the better opening acts I’ve seen in a long time).

Two Door Cinema Club came on next. It’s been amazing watching their popularity rise in America. In April 2010, I was one of a handful of people who knew who they were when they opened for Phoenix at Constitution Hall. Now they’ve got everyone singing along to their words, pumping their fists, clapping their hands and dancing up a storm. Alex Trimble will always remember the DC show and so will we, because he found and bought a new/old guitar in town and this show was its first public outing. ‘Handshake’, a brand new song they’re debuting on this tour, sounded like classic TDCC. I can’t wait for the next album. Is it wrong to want it under my tree just in time for Christmas? ‘What You Know’ was flawless and ‘Hands Off My Cash, Monty’ (featuring an actual shout from Alex during the line, “I can make you sing, and I can make shout”) and ‘Come Back Home’ were incredible.

Tokyo Police Club got a lot of flak for using Tom Jones as incidental music; one of my friends said, “they do know Tom Jones is Welsh and not Canadian, right?”. But any ill will evaporated by the time they took the stage. While the Two Door fanatics were jumping up and down to their heroes’ set, the Tokyo Police fans were more reverent, hanging on every word from singer Dave Monks. ‘Wait Up (Boots of Danger)’ is probably the song you’re most familiar with from their last album, and it didn’t disappoint live. But what was the most surprising was a duet between the two ‘clubs’ for a rousing rendition of the Strokes classic ‘Last Nite’. If it had been my last night on earth, I would have gone without argument after such an amazing evening of music.

Continue reading Live Review: Two Door Cinema Club and Tokyo Police Club with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 20th January 2011

 

Single Review: Tokyo Police Club – Favourite Colour

 
By on Thursday, 18th November 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Words by Jason Thomas

‘Favourite Colour’ by Tokyo Police Club is a pop-edged cacophony of ravishingly engineered guitar riffs, naked drums and sweet synths. The production is slick and the Canadian tones of Dave Monks’ distinctive vocal add a ‘hangover free Saturday morning’ freshness to this track, building to a turn it up loud tremolo guitar solo, double tracked and in your face, just the way I like it!

I can see why this tune is currently gracing this season’s Match of the Days goal round-ups. It has a contagious, pumping energy throughout only to be broken by a catchy stop-start chorus. Whilst there is nothing too deep lyrically in the song, there are some pretty cool references to pop culture nonetheless.

‘Favourite Colour’ was released on Monday to coincide with Tokyo Police Club’s national UK headline tour. The single is accompanied by a remix of album track ‘Boots of Danger’ by the Vampire Weekend remix team, Boys Like Us, and once again they have not dissapointed. This remix is stripped back, half time beats and big FM synths with an air of Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’ – not exactly hip hop but processed beats all the same; a big reverberated clap punctuates the twos and fours. Thick distorted snare work graces the chorus as Monks shouts, “so wait up, you never get nervous anymore”. This is a cool remix, well worth buying the single alone for.

7.5/10

 

Tokyo Police Club / November 2010 UK & Ireland Tour

 
By on Monday, 20th September 2010 at 4:40 pm
 

Following the release of their latest album ‘Champ’ and their amazing single ‘Bambi’ (see my review), Tokyo Police Club will be playing six dates across the UK & Ireland this November.

Thursday 4th November 2010 — Manchester Ruby Lounge
Friday 5th November 2010 — Dublin Academy
Saturday 6th November 2010 — Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Monday 8th November 2010 — Leeds The Cockpit
Tuesday 9th November 2010 — London Heaven
Wednesday 10th November 2010 — Brighton Audio

Go to Ticketmaster to get tickets for Dublin or Glasgow

Tickets for Manchester, Leeds, London & Brighton are available through See Tickets

 

Single Review: Tokyo Police Club – Bambi

 
By on Wednesday, 8th September 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Canadian indie rockers Tokyo Police Club are set to release a new single called ‘Bambi’ on 27th September 2010 through Memphis Industries. The song is taken from their most recent album, ‘Champ,’ released earlier this year. It may be short, coming in at under 3 minutes, but it makes every second count.

At the beginning of the track, the intermittent keys and guitar give you the sense of something bubbling or simmering, building up until it reaches its boiling point in the first verse. Breaking in with the fantastic opening line “I wanna tell you there’s a really good reason why I came home wasted in the middle of the night”, vocalist Dave Monks (who also takes on bass duty) has a deep voice that works really well when juxtaposed with the higher-pitched keyboard and guitar tones on the song. As NME said, it “bounces with frenzied guitar riffs, pitter-patter drum beats and saucer-eyed optimism”, and it’s a song you’ll have trouble taking off of repeat. Check out the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyCjFekH05A[/youtube]

8/10

Tokyo Police Club will be hitting the UK for a week-long tour this November. The dates are as follows:

Thursday 4th November 2010 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Friday 5th November 2010 – Dublin Academy
Saturday 6th November 2010 – Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Monday 8th November 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Tuesday 9th November 2010 – London Heaven
Wednesday 10th November 2010 – Brighton Audio

 
 
 

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