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To the Victor Go the Spoils: Tokyo Police Club

 Josh Fitzwater
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“So tell me, it’s good to be back,” rasped Tokyo Police Club’s bookish indie-rock frontman Dave Monks during Sunday’s quick-hitting, lots-of-oomph performance at the Newport Music Hall. For the grew-up-too-fast youngsters from Ontario, it is so good to be back.

Tokyo Police Club is no stranger to the great flat plains of Columbus; however, Sunday’s gig marked the band member’s first time headlining a show at the Newport in support of their new LP, Champ. They were victorious.

Tokyo Police Club | Franklin Concerts

Harnessing their signature playful lyrics that are placed against no-wiggle-room alt-pop, the quartet weaved back and forth between songs from Elephant Shell and Champ – proving to Columbus they deserve the bigger stage. New songs such as “Favourite Food” and “Frankenstein” gave fans unfamiliar with Champ a taste of how they have matured as a band both melodically and lyrically.

With a newfound maturity, their songs are beginning to take on a different contextual meaning. Armed with underutilized synonyms, lyrics heard live like, “Dead lovers salivate, broken hearts tessellate,” seemed more like advice heard from a wise, woeful poet than rebellious youth.

Tokyo Police Club | Franklin Concerts

But it was the quintessential TPC standards that caused the crowd to erupt. “Graves,” “In a Cave,” and “Your English is Good” were as tightly wound as ever, displaying how much fun you can cram into a 3-minute tune.

A spectacular surprise, Tokyo Police Club’s one-song encore was a cover of The Stroke’s raw, endlessly awesome “Last Night.” With help from opener Two Door Cinema Club, “Last Night” evoked the spirit of Julian Casablancas himself and brought the entire audience to two conclusions: One, it is definitely good to be back; and two, the new Strokes album cannot come soon enough.

Tokyo Police Club | Franklin Concerts

This review was written by Josh Fitzwater and brought to you by the Franklin University Plaza at the LC Pavilion. For more information about shows that Josh and the Franklin crew will be attending and for chances to win tickets to concerts all year long, visit us on Facebook. Photography was provided by Phillip Chester at Phillip Chester Photography.

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