Tokyo Police Club is a band you could take home to mother. That's their charm. And if that doesn't make the affably nostalgic Newmarket, Ontario, quartet sound like the stuff of great rock'n'roll, well, they aren't likely to argue with you. Instead, they'll just prove you wrong.
On Thursday night at the House of Vans in Brooklyn, the band showed what makes them so special. After a raging, fist-pumping set by Against Me!, TPC strolled on-stage grinning broadly. Bassist and frontman Dave Monk said, a bunch of times, how thankful the band was to be there. Then they started playing, more quietly and warmly than Against Me! There was an obvious energy dip in the room-the different between listening to a band that sounds ready to fight and one trying to find common ground. But Monks, guitarist Josh Hooks, drummer Greg Also, and keyboardist Graham Wright, played their tautly concise songs about feeling old when you're still young with such charm and goodwill that, by the time they sprung into the stately "Hands Reversed," from 2010's underappreciated gem Champ, the crowd was firmly on their side.
Monks threw in some gracious showmanship, too. A fan threw a ring on stage, and the lank bassist immediately put it on his pinky. He popped a New York Yankees baseball cap on his head when that found its way on the stage, too. He also took time to instruct the crowd on which beats they should add their clapping. Throught it all, he never stopped smiling. He's that kind of a guy. Tokyo Police Club are that kind of band. Check 'em out.
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