Concert review: Tokyo Police Club and Two Door Cinema Club fog up a sold-out Crowbar in Ybor City (with photos & setlists)

[image-1]The sounds coming from his rig alternated between the cosmic riffing on “Hands Off My Cash” and the keyboard-like tones on “Costume Party” and “Eat That Up, It’s Good For You.” Their show is worthy of any headlining slot, but it was easy to tell what band the people in the crowd had really come to see.


It’s hard to believe, but Tokyo Police Club have been around for a half decade. They’ve managed to squeeze a pair of full-lengths and EPs in between tens of thousands of miles on the road, and although the band’s median age can’t be more than 25, their seasoned live set reflects all the hard work they put into what they do.


Frontman and bassist Dave Monks [pictured left] is a confident singer and his slurry, drawled out delivery is the perfect vehicle for the type of honest, cut-to-the-bone lyrics his fans seem to adore. They shouted along to cuts like “Favourite Colour,” and “End of a Spark” kick-started a sweaty, mini pogo-pit directly in front of the stage.


Each band acknowledged how steamy the venue had gotten and the tail end of TPC’s 14-song set seemed to capture the night’s vibe completely. They closed with a version of “Your English Is Good” that perfectly mirrored the one on Elephant Shell, but the slow build of the previous song – “Breakneck Speed” – found Monks’ face dripping with sweat as the band slowly constructed layers of bass, tambourine, guitar, and samples. By the time they toasted to “Slayer!” and finished their encore by calling up Two Door Cinema Club for a cover of The Strokes’ “Last Night,” the entire crowd – including those who had their hands crossed the entire night – had given in and were shouting every single world.


Two Door Cinema Club Setlist


01. Cigarettes in the Theatre


02. Undercover Martyn


03. Hands Off My Cash


04. Do You Want It All


05. Something Good Can Work


06. Handshake


07. This is the Life


08. Kids


09. You’re Not Stubborn


10. Costume Party


11. What You Know


12. Eat That Up, It’s Good For You


13. Come Back Home


14. I Can Talk


Two Door Cinema Club photo gallery by Tracy May


Tokyo Police Club Setlist


01. Favourite Colour


02. Nature of the Experiment


03. Graves


04. End of a Spark


05. In a Cave


06. Tessellate


07. Favourite Food


08. Cheer It On


09. Be Good


10. Bambi


11. Frankenstein


12. Citizens of Tomorrow


13. Breakneck Speed


14. Your English is Good


15. Last Night (The Strokes) w/Two Door Cinema Club


Tokyo Police Club photo gallery by Tracy May

There were two ways a person might have witnessed Wednesday night’s show at Crowbar: standing within the venue, or looking in from the patio through its fogged up windows. The line to get in was wrapped around the block by 9 p.m., and the concerned expressions on the faces at the tail end of it told the whole story: not everyone was getting in. [All photos by Tracy May.]

Even from outside, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin sounded as light-hearted and precise as they do on their three LPs, and anyone who didn’t witness the opening set – which actually started at its scheduled time – was probably kicking themselves for not coming out earlier. The late addition of SSLBY made for a stacked bill and by the time Two Door Cinema Club hit the stage, the room was packed with wall-to-wall people.

The theme of the night might as well have been youth, and while Two Door and Tokyo played two musically distinctive sets, both bands’ members (and their numerous roadies) were about as fresh-faced as most of the kids in attendance. Formally clad in slacks and a suit coat, TDCC frontman Alex Trimble [pictured right] led his outfit through a nearly hour-long set that had the windows fogged up just five songs in.

Hailing from Northern Ireland, the Glassnote Records signees got a dance party started with songs like “Do You Want It All” and “This is the Life,” and never looked back. Making good use of their AKAI MRC-1000, Trimble & Co. seamlessly blended samples with live percussion from Shawn Costa, and while the band seemed bedazzled by the fact that much of the room knew every word to their songs, what was most impressive was the way guitarist Sam Halliday made use of his pedal board.

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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