Bumbershoot: Tokyo Police Club live from the KEXP Music Lounge

photo by Allie Pasquier

This group of fiery Canadians wasted no time filling the lounge with brilliant noise. Frontman David Monks (bass, vocals) referenced the mere four hours of sleep the band got as they embarked on their first of two shows for the day. Fatigue never showed itself during the set as the band rifled through nearly twice the number of songs (8) as any other band. As was bound to happen at some point during the weekend technical difficulties threatened to cut TPC’s set short. During Nature of the Experiment Josh Hook’s guitar cut out, leaving the band to finish the song without him and prompting an improv interview from KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters.

photo by Allie Pasquier

Somehow the topic of food came up leading to mention of the band’s appearance on Dinner With the Band. Entertaining though this debacle was, the crowd got right to clapping as Hook’s guitar was fixed and the band broke into Be Good.

photo by Allie Pasquier

Afterwards, KEXP correspondent Travis Baer asked keyboardist Graham Wright a few questions:

T: You guys have a new single out, Your English Is Good, does this mean we can expect a new album soon?

G: Yes, although the single and album are unrelated. It won’t end up on the album most likely. It is actually one of our oldest songs that we had been waiting to use for a while and we thought it would be best to keep the buzz going by putting something out. We are going into the studio on September 10th to start recording the album, so you should see something next year.

T: What has your favorite show of the summer been so far?

G: I think that it must have been the Reading Festival. We love playing festivals and the crowd was great there, so yeah that must have been it.

T: What is your favorite festival food?

G: Beef. I usually just have beef and dessert.

T: Puppies or Kittens?

G: Puppies

photo by Allie Pasquier

You can go back and listen to Tokyo Police Club on our fourteen day Streaming Archive by clicking here.

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