The Tokyo Police Club rolled into Jillian’s last week in support of their sophomore album, “Champ,” and proved why they are one of the brightest lights on Canada’s indie-rock scene.
Although the Toronto-area rockers released their album debut, “Elephant Shell,” just three years ago, the quirky quartet’s gig list already includes slots at many of the most prestigious, high-profile music fests around the world, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, the Glastonbury Festival, the Roskilde Festival and Bonnaroo.
So, put ’em in a downtown Albany nightclub for a mid-week show, and it’s no wonder that the Tokyo Police Club rocked the hell out of Jillian’s. Frontman David Monks commanded the microphone while thumping on his bass. Josh Hook slashed away at his guitar. Graham Wight dominated at the keyboards, while Greg Alsop pounded out the big beat on the drums.
They were, to say the least, in the groove at Jillian’s. And there’s no doubt about it – the Tokyo Police Club is ready to climb up the ladder to the next level of success.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk