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Tokyo Police Club Test New Tunes in S.F.

Toe taps and tambourine slams flesh out songs from the Ontario-based quartet's forthcoming full-length.

Austin Plumb // March 25, 2008

With a handful of well known favorites such as the spacey apocalyptic ode “Citizens of Tomorrow,” and the set closing self-proclamation “Cheer It On,” Canuck post-punkers Tokyo Police Club kept the crowd at San Francisco’s Independent in place last night (March 24), blasting through much of their old material, while unveiling a plethora of new tunes with a sharp, no-frills precision.

New cuts like the full-bodied “Graves,” as well as chant-along number “Your English is Good,” bolstered the band’s set and left many salivating for Elephant Shell, Tokyo Police Club’s much-anticipated forthcoming debut full-length, out April 22 on Saddle Creek. Pausing only briefly under the high-octane lighting for the occasional “thank you,” the boys offered a fine exhibition of the exact, upbeat rock responsible for making Tokyo Police Club a household name amongst the indie rock bloggerati and industry movers-and-shakers alike.

We asked: If there was a real Tokyo Police Club, what would one need to do to join?

Frontman David Monks / Photo by Casey Flanigan

Monks and drummer Greg Alsop / Photo by Casey Flanigan

Tokyo Police Club / Photo by Casey Flanigan

Graham Wright on the keys / Photo by Casey Flanigan

Tokyo Police Club / Photo by Casey Flanigan