TOKYO POLICE CLUB

TOKYO POLICE CLUB

GEOGRAPHER, SAID THE WHALE

Sat, May 3, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$15.00 - $17.00

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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
Formed in San Francisco in 2007, Geographer is the moniker for Mike Deni's American synthpop/indie rock band. Deni has described his sound as being "soulful music from outer space" using analog, electronic, and acoustic elements to craft dense layers and unique sound textures. As Geographer, Deni has released three full-length albums, Innocent Ghosts (2008), Myth (2012), andGhost Modern (2015). Along with three EPs: Animal Shapes (2010), Endless Motion (2015), andAlone Time (2018).
Deni relocated to San Francisco from New Jersey, after living with the aftermath of the sudden and tragic death of his sister, and then the equally unexpected death of his father a year later. While sleeping on the floor of his friends' apartment in the Haight, Deni found a synthesizer on the street and began to channel both his grief and his optimism into the songs that would become Innocent Ghosts. This theme would continue through all his music, which pits intense and emotionally probing lyrics with momentous and soaring arrangements, often featuring electric cello. The Animal Shapes EP put Geographer on the map and launched his career. Since that release, Geographer has headlined multiple national tours, performed at festivals such as Outside Lands and Firefly and toured with musical luminaries such as K.Flay, The Flaming Lips, Young The Giant, Tycho, Ratatat, Betty Who, and Tokyo Police Club.
In 2018 Deni gave up his apartment in San Francisco and hopped between tours and friends' couches for the next 6 months, spending a month in his hometown in NJ, and a few weeks in Italy, where both sides of his family are from, before relocating to Los Angeles. During that time of shiftlessness, in limbo between his old and new life, Deni wrote the songs that would become the New Jersey EP. Many of the songs began in NJ in his childhood home and were finished in Los Angeles at his friend's house while looking for an apartment. "Summer of My Discontentment" and "Love is Wasted in the Dark" are the first pieces of music written during that time to be released by Deni and explore the notions of origin, nostalgia, and the metamorphosis of the dreams of the young.
SAID THE WHALE
SAID THE WHALE
Vancouver's Said The Whale has been on a steady upward trajectory for the past six years, as relentless touring and a prolific string of releases have led to successes including a JUNO Award in 2011 for New Group of the Year and nationally charting singles. In 2013, the tireless five-piece - which includes dual songwriters Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester, drummer Spencer Schoening, keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown and bassist Nathan Shaw - will continue to break down doors by releasing its most adventurous and hook-filled batch of songs yet.

The band formed in early 2007 and, following some early EPs, released the debut-full length Howe Sounds

Taking Abalonia in 2008. Said The Whale began to amass a grassroots following through frequent tours, and they scored a string of Canadian radio successes with the albums Islands Disappear (2009) and Little Mountain (2012). These albums earned attention from media outlets like Spin, BBC 6 Music, and Consequence of Sound, and the band was profiled in the nationally televised CBC documentary Winning America. Said The Whale has been nominated for two more JUNO Awards in 2013 for Alternative Album of the Year and Recording Package of the Year (alongside art director Andy Dixon) for Little Mountain.

Having already released the three-song I Love You EP on June 4, the band are keeping with their inexhaustible work ethic, announcing their latest full-length album hawaiii is set for release on September 17, 2013, on Hidden Pony Records. Intentionally using a lower-case 'h'and ending in a trifecta of 'i's' the band wanted to put some distance and distinction between the sun-filled U.S. State, so far from their Vancouver, BC home base.

The album title also mirrors the different way Said The Whale assembled this new album. Singer/songwriter Tyler Bancroft noted: "Instead of booking a solid block of time to record the entire album, we did it in short bursts over a period of six months. The time in between sessions allowed us to reflect on what we'd recorded, to tour and road-test some of the songs, and to continue writing."

The twelve track album has already seen first single and EP namesake "I Love You" become the biggest song at radio the band has had to date in Canada and the U.S. "I Love You" is currently being played at over 30 stations coast-to-coast in the U.S. It's achieved #1 Phones and is in POWER Rotation at the influential station KNRK in Portland as well as solid rotation at Sirius' "Alt Nation," Seattle's KNDD (the End), and Live 105 in San Francisco. "I Love You" has seen unprecedented love at Canadian radio having held the #3 spot at Mediabase Alternative Rock for over 5 weeks and is currently being played on The Edge, The Peak, The Shore, Sonic, The Zone, Live 105 Halifax and more - it's spanning the country - and the video for the track is just seeing finishing touches will be released soon.

With Hawaiii, the band return to long-time collaborator Tom Dobrzanski (The Zolas, We Are The City) with band member Tyler Bancroft stepping up into the role of co-producer. The record was mixed by Gus Van Go and Werner F (Stills, Rah Rah). The new material was penned in a surge of creativity that found Bancroft and Worcester letting their guard down and following their instincts. "My songs on this album are the most vulnerable songs I've ever written," notes Bancroft. "Lyrically it's the most honest I've ever been."

The signature sun-filled, hook-heavy vocal harmonies Said The Whale are known so well for, prevail over the album's tracklisting, but alongside a notable sense of darker, serious subject matter and self-reflection. From the Ben Worcester lead vocals on album-closer "The Weight of the Season" to Bancroft's heavy-hearted tribute to his mother and how he, as an adult, comes to grips with an aging parent, on "Helpless Son." The up-tempo numbers abound with "Mother" and "On The Ropes" as well as the dreamy new sounds on tracks like "Resolutions." The band, as any great band does, continues to evolve. hawaiii is the sound of a band already on the top of its game breaking free from all expectations and boldly reinventing its identity.

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