The end-of-weekend blues were cured as Newmarket, Ontario’s Tokyo Police Club passed through Montreal’s Club Soda Sunday night, bouncing a raucous crowd into a frenzy with their danceable hooks and rock edges.
Alternative duo PS I Love You kicked the night off, getting heads bobbing and feet stomping with their riff-heavy jams. Multi-instrumentalist Paul Saulnier let the music do the talking by rarely leaving his post to man the microphone, guitar and pedal-bass all at once.
Next on the bill was Irish quintet Two Door Cinema Club. The band, whose sound ranges from electronica, to dance, to indie pop, picked up where PS I Love You left off, turning head bobbing into full fledged dancing and thrashing throughout their 14-song set. Two Door Cinema Club are no strangers to Montreal, having played for the city on three separate occasions in the past year. Prior to their final song, lead singer Alex Trimble told the crowd to get ready for Tokyo Police Club to “show [them] how it’s done,” before sending the packed Club Soda crowd into raptures with their hit “I Can Talk.”
These words couldn’t have rang any more true.
Tokyo Police Club exploded onto the stage with the song “Favourite Colour” off of their second album, Champ (2010).
So began a set filled with start-stop guitars, heavy synth, tambourine tossing and awkward-yet-endearing interjections by front man Dave Monks.
“This is fun, that’s all I can think to say,” said Monks, taking a break to sip from his water. But Monks reminded the crowd not to get too carried away, saying “[you] can jump all you want, I just don’t want to see any pushing.”
The 17-song set featured a sampling of tunes from both full-length albums and a few hits from their debut EP A Lesson in Crime (2006) sprinkled into the fray, along with new song “Top Five.” They closed their set with crowd favourite “Your English is Good,” only to retake the stage for a two song encore.
“Remember 2001?” Monks asked. “That was 10 years ago.”
With that, Two Door Cinema Club joined them onstage to play a rough and tumble version of The Strokes’ “Last Nite,” bringing a close to a night of dancing, hand claps and of course, clubs.