Monday, July 26, 2010
Burning It Down In Buffalo
Summer isn't over yet, but I feel like it's now complete as far as things that I really had to do. That's because last night I did something that I have wanted to do for a couple years now: went to see a Tokyo Police Club show!
Yesterday I drove to Corning and left from there with my friend Chris around 1:30. We made the three hour drive to Buffalo NY... really the nearest big city to us. I had bought tickets online last week (which turns out to have been an excellent decision as the show sold out a couple days later) so we spent a the few hours before show time walking around the city. I don't think I had ever been to Buffalo before, and definitely not in the down town area, so it was cool to look around. As with most cities I've ever been in, it was filled with crazy people.
After a bite to eat at TGI Fridays, we walked back to my car to drop off our stuff and then headed over to the Town Ballroom. First we spotted TPC's bus parked behind the building. Then, as we were walking past, we saw some guys playing street hockey in an empty parking lot across the way. I remarked to Chris that they looked a lot like TPC. It wasn't until later that I realized for sure that they actually were! So it's too bad we didn't go over and say hi, but at least now I can say that I've seen them playing hockey!
Ever since I first listened to A Lesson In Crime on iTunes like two and a half years ago, TPC has been in my top five favorite bands. When they released their new album CHAMP this summer, I started seriously wanting to see them live. I wished I could see them with Passion Pit on their CHAMP tour, but none of the tours came anywhere near me. When they announced the new Headline Tour dates and I saw Buffalo as one of the first stops, I decided that I had to go.
The show got started a little late because one of the bands that was opening got held up in customs crossing the border (Buffalo is just across the lake from Canada). When it started though, it was phenomenal. The best concert I have ever seen. Period. First the Freelance Whales played, and they were very good. Much better than I had expected in fact. Then came the other Canadian band, who's name escapes me at the moment. They played a more standard rock style than Freelance or TPC, which isn't really my thing as much, but they did a great job at it anyhow. I couldn't believe it when started playing All The Lonely People by the Beatles, because Chris and I had listened to that song several times on the way up!
Then came TPC and wow. It was amazing! Chris and I had started conspiring with several people around us, and when they played Nature of the Experiment, we started this big dance circle in the middle of the crowed and just rocked out. The rest of the concert was some mixture of dancing, jumping up and down, and finally moshing toward the end, which I tried to stay on the edge of....
It was a great evening. And then we had a three and a half hour drive home... which wasn't as much fun, but then it wasn't bad really.
So, the moral of the story, if it can be called that, is that if TPC ever comes to your city, you should go see them.
Oh, and here's my paparazzi shot of a couple TPC guys playing street hockey:
P.S. Check out TPC's latest album: