Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Monday November 5 2018
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
••• ALL AGES
Tokyo Police Club
Psychedelic Rock, Grunge
Tokyo Police Club
David Monks, Greg Alsop, Graham Wright, Josh Hook
-from Newmarket, Ontario
-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."
• Matthew Rogers – Lead Vocal / Keyboards •
• Gabe Miller – Bass Guitar •
• Ethan Soil – Drums •
• Jameson Daniel – Guitar •
• Megan Ennenberg – Vocal / Synth •
-from Montreal, Canada
-Fleece is a Montreal-based project who captures a unique take on the indie rock genre.
The band recently toured North America, successfully performing to about 1,300 dedicated fans.
They're perhaps most known for creating a viral video called "How To Make An Alt-J Song" (May 2015). The video now has over 6 million views and has skyrocketed their fanbase around the world.
Currently, Fleece is completely independent from management, label, and booking agencies, but is looking to collaborate with any of the above for their next record.
In the next year, Fleece plans on writing more music, and later touring their new stuff around Europe in 2018.