Tokyo Police Club
Amoeba San Francisco - November 5th @ 6:00pm
Toronto's Tokyo Police Club joins us at Amoeba SF on Monday, November 5th at 6pm for a live set and signing of their new album TPC (out now on CD and on vinyl on November 2nd). They are also playing at the Bottom of the Hill later that night and on November 6th.
If the universe had tilted the tiniest bit, there would be no TPC — the not-quite self-titled fourth (and best) Tokyo Police Club album. After putting aside the idea of splitting up and back-burnering their commercial expectations, there was just one thing left to do: go to church - specifically a church in rural Ontario, where the foursome could recapture the energy of their early years by playing in a room together. Songs that singer-bassist and chief songwriter Dave Monks had written were abandoned when they didn’t feel right for this new energy, and TPC started to take shape, built on camaraderie and esprit de corps. At the church, the songs and energy started to flow like they’re supposed to, like they used to, and any lingering doubt was quickly subsumed by joy.
When it came time to take these songs in to the studio, everyone felt there was only one person who to capture that energy on tape – producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, FIDLAR, The Vines) who worked on their 2010 album Champ. They convened at his Eagle Rock, Los Angeles studio this winter and in a matter of weeks had the album they wanted. TPC is self-titled, almost, because it’s Tokyo Police Club circa 2018 — scarred but smarter, fully re-energized.