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Tokyo Police Club Conquer The Kool Haus

Tokyo Police Club at Kool Haus
Tokyo Police Club, Two Door Cinema Club
Kool Haus in Toronto, ON
January 15, 2011

Review by: Whitney Pineault
Photos by: Julie Lavelle

Considering Champ was one of my favourite albums of 2010, I was more than stoked for Tokyo Police Club’s headlining performance at the Kool Haus. I managed to catch them last year at The CASBY Awards and again as an opener for Phoenix, but this was the first time that I’d held a ticket with their name printed in bold.

Tokyo Police Club

Mixing together a near equal amount of new and old favourites in their energetic set, the band opened with “Favourite Colour” from Champ. Although I'm not a huge fan of the venue in general, I couldn’t help but feel proud to be watching these four young guys from Newmarket play to a packed house. “Nature Of The Experiment” from 2006’s A Lesson In Crime appeared to be a crowd favourite, proving the band still had many of their early fans on board.

One of the great things about Tokyo Police Club is that they keep it simple. There’s no smoke and mirrors, 15-minute instrumental interludes, or elaborate stage productions – just genuinely killer songs and an uninhibited stage presence that could rival any mainstream act charging triple the admission. The audience was thoroughly engaged throughout the evening, especially as the band playfully instructed fans to clap at a specific spot in the verse during Elephant Shell’s “Tesselate”.

With the new record receiving an incredible amount of support from critics and media outlets such as 102.1 The Edge, it was no surprise to me when fans completely lost their minds for “Breakneck Speed” and “Wait Up (Boots Of Danger).” Everyone was singing along to every word. It was such a great moment to witness so many people reveling in the band’s presence. Capping off their set with a personal favourite of mine, “Your English Is Good”, Tokyo Police Club had once again proven their ability to captivate an audience no matter how small or large a venue.

I don’t think anyone could have predicted the awesomeness that was to unfold during the encore, however. The band graciously invited the openers to the stage and together performed a brilliant cover of “Last Night” by The Strokes. You’re probably too mind-blown right now to think clearly but what I want to know is, why the heck aren’t bands covering Tokyo Police Club?

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Two Door Cinema Club

An impressively large crowd had gathered early to catch Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club, and for good reason. The electro pop (or “alteronica” according to their Facebook page) trio creates some of the catchiest and most fun pop songs on the market. The audience was on its toes from the very first song and continued to shower the band with energy and praise throughout their lengthy set. Musically, Two Door Cinema Club sounded flawless; even better live than on record. Vocalist Alex Trimble was spot on throughout the performance and would interchange between guitar and keys.

The band powered through most of their album, Tourist History, while still managing to debut a brand new track, which seemed to really trigger the band’s infectious energy. Bassist Kevin Baird was the most fun to watch and even jumped on keys during “You’re Not Stubborn.” Highlights of the set included “What You Know”, which Alex kicked off solo to the delight of many female fans, “Eat That Up, It’s Good For You”, a slow-burner that gets especially intense during the last minute or so, and “I Can Talk” which closed the set. If you’ve heard the record, I definitely recommend catching Two Door Cinema Club’s live show.

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