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Tokyo Police Club at The Constellation Room
Written by Janine Zuniga   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 23:43

Tokyo Police Club

Let’s start by saying it doesn’t hurt to be on Facebook at 1 a.m. Depending on the venue, ticket website, or bands’ pages you like, sometimes a sponsored ad will appear. That being said, tickets to see Canadian indie band Tokyo Police Club in the Constellation Room [at the Observatory] were still being sold to a show that same Tuesday night.

For those unfamiliar with the venue, it’s off the 405 South freeway in Santa Ana with nothing but a dusty sign that says The Observatory. But the sign didn’t have the name of the band headlined. And since this looked like a secret show – also assuming since the bands website doesn’t show a tour date at this venue – I was sure we were at the wrong place. Doors opened at 8 p.m. but less than 200 people were waiting in line.

Sure enough, this was the right place and I was on Facebook at the right time.

Tokyo Police Club released their newest album only a week ago entitled Forcefield; the bands third album. This follows their last 2010 album Champ. Not including their collection Ten Songs, Ten Years, Ten Days – a cover of ten memorable songs over the last ten years.

The first half of Tokyo Police Club’s set was a promotion of Forcefield. And as new as it was, the last-minute-packed audience still knew all the words. A handful of the songs where from their previous albums including the underground hits like “Juno,” “Your English is Good,” and “Favourite Colour.”

Those flashback hits had the crowd pushing and shoving with many body surfing towards the stage. The rowdiness had frontman David Monks announce between songs to be careful and to look out for each other.

“There are a lot of [girls] up in front so don’t squish them,” Monks said. “If you squish them, you can’t take them home.”

The highlight of the show was definitely the first part of the encore. After the audience chanted “one more song” Monks came on stage with an acoustic guitar. He said this part of the show could go one of two ways: plug in the guitar to the amps or play acoustically if everyone kept very quiet. Naturally everyone wanted the intimacy of an acoustic set. Everyone in the venue quiet down and shushed any sound. Even the venue turned off the air conditioning so we can hear, despite the heat wave Southern California is experience right now. Those in the back heard almost nothing at first, and then the sweet melody of their song “Tessellate” crept through the air and bounced off the walls. The audience began to sing along quietly and the room filled with undying love for this band in a genre all their own.

Tokyo Police Club has three more California tour dates listed on their website, two of which are in Los Angeles, April 30 and May 1. They’re also touring with similar indie bands Said the Whale and Geographer – two opener bands definitely worth coming early for, each with a unique sound and catchy chorus lines. For more information, visit TokyoPoliceClub.com.


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