Tokyo Police Club has shared an intimate, stripped down performance of their latest single, “Simple Dude”today, in advance of kicking off the 2nd part of their spring “Ready To Win Tour” – watch via YouTube. Dates run throughout eastern Canada before hitting the Just Like Heaven Festival in Long Beach, California, wrapping with a hometown, Toronto performance at The Phoenix with The Dirty Nil, all in support of the band’s fourth full-length album, TPC, released last fall on Dine Alone Records.
Written over the course of 2017 in a church in remote rural Ontario, TPC marks a fresh beginning for a band who have been playing together since high school. Living in separate cities, spread out across the continent, vocalist/bassist Dave Monks, guitarists Josh Hook + Graham Wright, and drummer Greg Alsop had been creating songs over e-mail. But after a tour celebrating their 10th anniversary the guys needed a fresh start. Plugging in and playing for the sheer fun of it for the first time in years, they discovered that the songs came easy, crackling with the raw energy of a band falling in love with music all over again.
Working once again with producer Rob Schnapf who manned the helm on 2010’s Champ, the guys hit the studio last winter and, in a matter of weeks, had created an album that feels like a culmination of their experience and a new beginning all at once. It’s a collection of fully collaborative songs that finds the band through with being cool, through with doubting themselves, and through with wasting time. TPC is self-titled – almost – because it’s Tokyo Police Club circa 2018: scarred but smarter, experienced but fresh, older and wiser but fully re-energized.
04/10 – Moncton, NB @ Tide & Boar Ballroom
04/11 – Fredericton, NB @ Fredericton Boyce Market
04/12 – Charlottetown, PEI @ PEI Brewing Co.
04/13 – Halifax, NS @ Marquee Ballroom
04/15 – Quebec, PQ @ L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
04/17 – Montreal, PQ @ Petit Campus
04/18 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
04/19 – Peterborough, ON @ Red Dog Tavern
04/20 – Welland, ON @ Club Richelieu
04/23 – Oshawa, ON @ The Music Hall
04/24 – Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s
04/25 – Windsor, ON @ The Polish Club
04/26 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
04/27 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch (Spring Fever)
05/03-04 – Long Beach, CA @ Just Live Heaven
05/10 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix w/ The Dirty Nil