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Tokyo Police Club

Venue name: DC9 Nightclub
Address: 1940 Ninth Street NW, Washington DC 20001

Categories: Concerts & Tour Dates
Price: Refunds at place of purchase through 3/19/19.
Starts at: 2019.03.16, 20:00

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A Lesson in Crime The high-energy indie rock outfit Tokyo Police Club features vocalist/bassist Dave Monks, keyboardist/vocalist Graham Wright, guitarist/percussionist Josh Hook, and drummer/percussionist Greg Alsop. Forming in the wake of the breakup of the foursome's previous project, they regrouped as Tokyo Police Club in 2005. They began performing live around Toronto that summer, and the rousing receptions their shows got convinced the group to make Tokyo Police Club a full-time venture. Early in 2006 the band signed with local label Paper Bag Records and began recording their debut EP, A Lesson in Crime, which was released that spring.Buoyed by blog and MySpace buzz, Tokyo Police Club embarked on their largest tour yet that fall. Around the same time, A Lesson in Crime was reissued with wider distribution, and 2008 saw the release of the band's full-length debut, Elephant Shell. By the end of the year, Tokyo Police Club had already begun working on their second album, Champ, which they ultimately released in 2010. After touring the album heavily, they began writing songs in 2011; that year, they also embarked on the Ten Days, Ten Covers, Ten Years project, which found them cranking out covers of songs from the 2000s by artists including Kelly Clarkson and Queens of the Stone Age. The band supported Foster the People on tour in 2012, and amidst all this activity, Monks relocated to New York and Alsop moved to Boston. In 2013, they returned to the studio with co-producer Doug Boehm. Late that year, the first taste of their third album surfaced with "Argentina (Pts. 1, 2 & 3)," which was more ambitious and polished than much of their previous music. Early in 2014, the summery single "It's Hot Tonight" arrived just before Forcefield's March release. At the end of the year, Tokyo Police Club reconvened in New York City to record two new songs, and continued to record in short spurts whenever they had the time. These spontaneous sessions resulted in Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness, a pair of EPs that the band released during 2017. Arriving in time for Record Store Day 2018, the band issued the single "New Blues," both digitally and on limited-edition flexidisc.

Performers

Name: Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club started by accident one day in the ordinary suburb of Newmarket when Greg, Josh, Dave, and Graham decided that they missed playing music together, their previous band having broken up several months before. The four gathered in Josh's basement, plugging in instruments and making up songs almost at random, with no goal but to recapture the magic that they felt making music together. By the time summer came, TPC had began quietly to play shows in the Toronto area, shows at which the very few people in attendance seemed impressed by what they saw. The band seemed likely to end here, with the various members preparing to go their separate ways in the fall, when fate intervened in the form of an invitation to play the Pop Montreal festival. Packing their instruments and girlfriends into a tiny university residence room, TPC spent a week immersed in music, spending days lazily wandering the streets of Montreal and nights rehearsing loudly in the tiniest of spaces, and topping it off in style with a sold out show that saw the band play for the first time to an audience that was actually interested. A few weeks later, all four had agreed that it was time to break their mother's hearts and pursue that most elusive of pipe dreams: a career in the music business. The boys got straight to business, playing a series of Toronto shows, and earning a reputation for live shows that were exuberant, lively, and unrestrained. In January, the very day that Dave returned for good from university, Tokyo Police Club signed up with esteemed Toronto label Paperbag Records to release their debut EP in Canada. In April, A Lesson in Crime was released, and the band has spent the months since on the road, bringing their optimistic brand of wide-eyed post-pop to audiences across Canada and the U.S., and making many new friends along the way. So what exactly is Tokyo Police Club? Perhaps EYE Weekly summed it up best when they wrote "[Tokyo Police Club] are undeniably catchy and raw, marrying danceable hooks with talk of robot masters and global emergencies, providing an upbeat soundtrack to our troubled times." Personally, however, I prefer Exclaim's proclamation that "somehow, the deeply innocuous subdivisions of Newmarket, Ontario have hatched a four-headed beast of tunefulness."

Categories: Music, Music: Alternative