Well, tesselate didn’t really do what I expected it to (i.e. light up indie dancefloors across the world), so Tokyo Police Club are seeing if In a Cave will elevate them in any way. It’s easily the most quotable song from the album, with it’s refain of ‘Elephant shell/ you’re my cave and i’ve been hiding out’, even if people don’t know what an Elephant Shell is in any way. but yeah, it’s being released towards the end of this month and the album is full of this kind of awesomeness, so go ahead and buy it soon. Here’s the video, though (and it’s better than tesselate’s):
But anyway, yeah. Manchester played host to Tokyo Police Club the other night at the ever popular Night and Day Café, who are experts at putting on this kind of show. The temperature was high and the support band I saw weren’t much cop (Mobius band), but Tokyo Police Club still managed to put on an awesome show.
As ever at these kind of gigs, where an album’s just been released, there wasn’t much of an atmosphere from the crowd. in fact, you could probably count on one hand the amount of people there that wanted to dance. So it’s a testament to TPC that the gig was still electric and energetic. indeed, they’d become much tighter since I last saw them (nearly a whole year ago) and were much more confident in their newer work, a result of the marathon touring they’ve been doing, no doubt. And they’ve reason to be – the new album is as close to a masterpiece as I’ve heard this year. Each song sounds different enough to have it’s own personality and feel, whilst not being so similar that it becomes boring. Essentially,. Tokyo Police Club have mastered an art that a lot of bands stuggle with – they know when to end a song. And if you’re seeing a band live, especially if you’ve never heard them before, this is a huge plus.
Suprisingly, the best song of the evening wasn’t the ever popular Cheer it on, but the lesser known Citizens of Tomorrow from the same EP. Whilst the band seem to have made an effort to make each song sound different whilst playing live to on record, Citizens benefits from this most resoundingly, being transformed into something rawer that the audience really reacted to.
Tokyo Police Club are a band at the peak of their powers, and, at the moment at least, there’s no way you couldn’t enjoy seeing them live. Though David Monks might skimp on the banter between songs, they fill this space up by cramming in as much material as possible. And all the better for it.
and as a little added treat, I’ve found a session they did for some radio station over at some other blog. It’s pretty old, but well worth having. Download it here.