Tokyo Police Club – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – April 26th, 2014

Tokyo Police Club

Infectious indie-pop from Canadian quartet

Tokyo Police Club

Geographer, Rare Monk

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$18.00

This event is 21 and over

Tokyo Police Club
Tokyo Police Club
In January 2017, Tokyo Police Club embarked on a triumphant tour to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their acclaimed debut EP, A Lesson In Crime. It was the cherry on top of a decade that saw the Toronto quartet drive three vans into the ground while touring with the likes of Weezer and Foster The People, gracing the stage of virtually every major festival in North America and Europe, and playing countless, ecstatically received sets, in venues of every size and description. They were also on an episode of 'Desperate Housewives' one timeit's a long story.

The tour ended with a sweat-soaked and joyous encore, with the band joined onstage by support act Charly Bliss, who actually met at a Tokyo Police Club concert years before. "If you were making a movie about us for some reason, you couldn't come up with a better climactic scene," says keyboardist Graham Wright. "It felt like the perfect ending."

Except that instead of fading satisfyingly to black, the band got in a van and drove home, their next steps suddenly uncertain.

"We always felt like we were on some specific mission, working towards one specific goal", says frontman David Monks. "Then I got home and looked around and realized that for the first time I wasn't sure what the goal was supposed to be. And I didn't know if that was terrifying or actually kind of exhilarating."

"At various times I think all of us were just about ready to pack it in", adds Wright. "It really felt like maybe that was it. It was a nice round number, ten years, so the idea of making some kind of graceful exit was really attractive. And for me at least, making peace with the idea of this being The End turned out to be incredibly freeing."

Without a specific plan, the band convened at a converted church in rural Ontario, far from the busy cities where they'd written and recorded all of their previous work. Isolated from everything beside their instruments, they spent their days cooking together and playing cards in between jamming on the expansive new songs that Monks was turning out a fevered pace - among others. "One time we learned a bunch of Strokes songs. Another time we just played every song we could remember from our high school band," says drummer Greg Alsop. "More than anything else, it was fun."

The freewheeling sessions lasted the length of 2017 and at the beginning of 2018 the band decamped to Los Angeles to record with Rob Schnapf, who produced the band's acclaimed 2010 LP, Champ. The resulting album will be released later this year, and the band are united in their eager anticipation. "It's fucking corny to talk about fresh beginnings or whatever", says Monks. "So I'll just say that it finally feels like we're not trying to follow somebody else's map or reach for a specific brass ring. And it's an amazing feeling."

Guitarist Josh Hook sums it up best when he says, "you do anything for long enough and it starts to feel hard to get excited. But I think we're more excited now than we've ever been."
Geographer
Geographer
In the summer of 2005, after a series of deaths in the family, Michael Deni left his hometown in New Jersey for San Francisco. He spent the next several months with a synthesizer he found on the street, turning that tragedy into the songs that would become the foundation for Geographer. Deni played his first shows by lying to promoters about how many people he could bring, handing out fliers by hand, and doing anything he could to get on stage. Cut to 6 years later, and he had sold out the legendary Filmore in San Francisco, headlined the 2300 seat Fox Theater in Oakland, and sold out shows all across the country on tour.

Deni's life in music began as a child, where he sang in a church choir. He wrote his first song when he was 4 years old, and began writing and recording his own music in earnest at age 12, when his father gave him a 4-track cassette tape recorder, with which Deni spent hours in his basement layering track upon track of guitar, saxophone, vocals, and a homemade ceramic drum his sister made him as a birthday present. Geographer's music is characterized by the use of vintage analog and FM synthesizers coupled with modern software synthesizers, as well as an electric cello often featured on songs in place of a lead guitar. Live on stage Deni performs with a band of revolving musicians, almost always with an electric cellist, drummer, and multi-instrumentalist to aid him in filling out his lush arrangements, and the band has become famous for its energetic and emotional live performances.

Geographer's new EP, 'Alone Time,' is the result of 2 years of that same kind of recording he used to do as a teenager. Days at a time spent alone, so that he could capture the music always coursing through his head, knowing that one day this hermetic existence would bring him in front of crowds of people. The songs explore, as do the rest of his catalog, the nature of existence, the self, an uncertain but optimistic curiosity about why we are here, and what it means to love and lose each other, but most of all, 'Alone Time' is a meditation on loneliness. While he needs solitude to make his songs, the place Geographer has said he truly feels alive is not alone with his thoughts, but together with strangers, on stage at his concerts.
Rare Monk
Rare Monk
Rare Monk is a Portland, OR based indie rock band. They are gearing up to release their debut full-length album in the summer of 2017 featuring 10 brand new songs recorded in Portland with Skyler Norwood (Blind Pilot, Horsefeathers, Priory).

In 2015, Rare Monk released their apocalyptic-tinged self-titled EP, produced by Tom McFall (Weezer, Bloc Party, Snow Patrol, R.E.M.). Single's "Warning Pulse" and "California (Will Burn)" received considerable attention form the blogosphere, college radio, and streaming services such as Spotify. This was the follow-up to 2014's widely lauded 7-inch "Splice/Sleep Attack". Both releases were put out by B3SCI Records.

Rare Monk decided to release their debut full-length independently after self producing much of the album, alongside Norwood, having previously worked with him on 2013's "Death By Proxy EP". These tracks represent a sound formed over the course of the last 5 years, containing some of their most adventurous yet accessible songs to date.