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Tokyo Police Club delight a packed London Scala

Tokyo Police Club return to London after a 4-year hiatus

IMG_2593 (2) “It’s f***ing fantastic to be back, it’s been a while!” announced singer David Monks to welcome the crowd of a packed Scala. Four years after the last time Tokyo Police Club played in London, the Canadian quartet returned to the same venue in promotion of their freshly released third album
Forcefield. The band played a 75 minute set which included a mixture of the new material and the hits from the previous records
Elephant Shell and
Champ. The delightful three-songs-in-one
(Parts I, II, III) opened the show and the fans seemed to be already familiar with the new song as they were singing along the multiple choruses within the track. In general, the older songs had a better reception but new tracks were still well-received, in particular the lead single
Hot Tonight,  the contagious
Gonna Be Ready and  the catchy
Miserable which confirmed the new pop direction the band has recently taken. However, it took some time for the fans to fire up as the Canadian front man admitted as well amid their performance “it’s singing concert, not a moshing concert”.
IMG_2575 The gig became more lively during old favourites such as
Breakneck Speed and
Bambi and peaked towards the end with
Cheer It On from their 2006’s debut EP
A Lesson In Crime which saw the fans go mental. An acoustic version of
Tessellate opened the encore, followed by the ascending
Favourite Food and the infectious
Your English Is Good.
IMG_2606 Unlike the old material full of raw and gritty guitar riffs which caused the band to be called the "Canadian Strokes", the new sound was more ambitious, polished and poppy. However the audience did not seem to be bothered too much about the change of direction as they seemed to enjoy the gig throughout.