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Dinosaur Bones and Tokyo Police Club: Photos & Concert Review!

Dinosaur Bones and Tokyo Police Club at Toronto’s Sugar Beach

As part of their Hometown Tour, Tokyo Police Club played Toronto’s Sugar Beach this past Sunday. Openers were indie rockers Dinosaur Bones, who powered through their set despite getting drenched by a short-lived storm.

Post-show, they were too cool. They hung around the crowd and were more than happy to sign some autographs, take some pictures, and chat about the show. Branko Scekic (bassist) laughed off the fact that “some of our gear got fucked up”—their Twitter account revealed that they spent the next day air drying pedals—and offered up a cool souvenir, signing a postcard with a mini dinosaur (something that would be fitting of Dinosaur Jr., but that J Mascis would never do).

You can catch them at the Danforth during NXNE 2013, and at Downsview Park for Edgefest later this summer. In the meantime, check out “Bombs in the Night” and “Making Light,” two favourites off of My Divider (2011).

Tokyo Police Club took the stage just after five, opening with a personal favourite, “Breakneck Speed,” and plugging a crazy amount of energy into their performance.

Sugar Beach is always a cool place for Edge sessions and outdoor shows, but it was particularly great that day—the humidity had died, the sun made a re-appearance, and as Graham Wright stepped to the edge of the stage to shred it, the wind gushed and so did the Tokyo fans.

They played a solid selection from Champ (2010), including the impossible-not-to-immediately-love “Bambi,” which got everyone clapping, and the clapping continued into “Frankenstein,” which also ignited the audience sing along. Loudly (and mostly on key) the audience chimed in for the “it’s good to be back” lines, fitting considering that it’s a hometown tour.

Tokyo came back for a two-song encore, beginning with Champ’s “Favourite Color” and ending it super-aptly with A Lesson in Crime’s (2006) “Cheer it On.”

A mass of people quickly formed around the back of the fenced-off tour bus. When David Monks appeared, fans passed shoes, t-shirts, and slips of paper (even the thin cardboard of a cigarette carton) over the guardrail for David to sign. Greg Alsop did the same at the front of the stage. And Dinosaur Bones were right—in addition to being awesome musicians, the members of Tokyo Police Club are also incredibly kind. You can catch them throughout Ontario, at the S.C.E.N.E Music Festival and The Kee to Bala.

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Check out our interview with Tokyo Police Club here!

Leah Edwards

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