Show Review: Tokyo Police Club @ The Phoenix

A Very Tokyo Police Club Christmas

At the Phoenix

Dec 10th 2011

Tokyo Police Club kicked off the Christmas season with three nearly sold out dates at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. I joined them on their third of such nights for a show that was full of Christmas miracles.
The first miracle: upon arriving to the Phoenix, there wasn’t a lineup. At all. Everyone actually showed up early to catch the openers; Said the Whale and Born Ruffians. Amongst the near-capacity crowd was a large quotient of squealing teenage girls, who seemed to favour the Born Ruffian boys. As loathsome as all-ages shows can be for those of us who got old at some point, being in a crowd of Torontonians actively enjoying a show is a real treat. Perhaps feeling the spirit of the season, the kid in front of me even  made sure he didn’t bump into me or block my view throughout the night. Not being annoyed by high school concert-goers; that’s miracle number two.
Being a Christmas show, both the stage and boys are dressed accordingly. They swelter in their knitted Christmas sweaters for a few songs before ditching them in favour of practicality. Half way through the set, singer/bassist David serenades us with ‘Let It Snow’, while real snowflakes begin floating down from the ceiling (miracle number three). Snow on driveways may incite hate, but indoor snow brings out childish joy in everyone.
Every time I see Tokyo Police Club in concert, I’m reminded of just how many hit singles they have. This night is no different, with ‘Tessellate’, ‘Your English Is Good’, ‘Nature of the Experiment’, ‘Wait Up (Boots of Danger)’, ‘Favourite Colour’, ‘Bambi’ and ‘Breakneck Speed’ in the lineup. To the confusion of some, they even pulled out their most popular single of the “10 Days, 10 Covers, 10 Years” stint- Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since U Been Gone’. Noticeably missing, as it always seems to be, is ‘Cheer It On’. Save for a couple of slower songs, the night stayed pretty upbeat.
After an hour and a half-long set, both Said the Whale and Born Ruffians join TCP on stage to wrap up the night with a Springsteen-esque rendition of ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, saxophone and all. And perhaps the last Christmas miracle of the night- the Phoenix staff didn’t shove their patrons out the door the moment the lights came on, in favour of the slutty clubbers waiting to enter. Instead, sending the kiddies off into the (early) night with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.


About J2

What happens when you're a wordsy music aficionado who works for NXNE, CMW, HPX, Olio Music Festival, The JUNOs and Polaris Music Prize? You spend all of your free time blogging about it... Follow on Twitter if you're so inclined: @HearPlugged

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