Words By: Jason Byrne

On Tuesday, April 24, 2019, Tokyo Police Club made a stop at The Music Hall Concert Theatre in Oshawa, Ontario, accompanied by hometown act Dizzy. You don’t see very many packed shows on a Tuesday night in Oshawa. You don’t even really see very many shows on a Tuesday night, so you know when you do, you’re seeing something special.

Dizzy, whose album Baby Teeth recently won a 2019 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year, started off the evening with their unique style of melodic indie pop.

While undeniably a band with strikingly different sound than Tokyo Police Club, Dizzy nonetheless delivered a spectacular performance and demonstrated to everyone in attendance that they’re a band to keep your eyes on. I’m enthusiastic to see what Dizzy brings us in the future, and if the new track they played at this show is any indication, we have a lot to look forward to.

Tokyo Police Club took the stage shortly after. They’ve come a long way since I last saw them in 2014 at Sheridan College, and every aspect of that was reflected in their performance. While their sound has undeniably grown, the most notable improvement in their performance can be seen in their stage presence and their encouragement of crowd participation. 

Too many bands fall into the trap of quietly playing their songs on stage, failing to engage the audience in any meaningful way. Avoiding this pitfall, lead singer and bassist David Monks, microphone in hand, walked into the middle of the crowd, gathered everyone around him, and had them sit with him on the ground, before initiating a group jump that rippled throughout the dance floor. This moment reflected the enthusiasm that could be felt throughout the entirety of the show, and I look forward to the next time they’re in town.

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