Pop Quiz: Tokyo Police Club

Aidin Vaziri | Lollapalooza in Chicago. Bumbershoot in Seattle. Coachella in Indio. Chances are if you hit any of the above music festivals – or any others, really – in the past few years you caught a glimpse of Tokyo Police Club. Since releasing its first album, “Elephant Shell” (and scoring a cameo on “Desperate Housewives”) in 2006, the scrappy Ontario, Canada, indie- rock group has become a staple at big-ticket, multi-act concerts. The quartet just released its second full-length album, “Hey Champ,” produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith). It follows it up with appearances Aug. 13 at the Rickshaw Stop and Aug. 14 at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park. We talked to keyboardist Graham Wright.


Graham Wright of Tokyo Police Club
Q: Do you have two different sets: One for the real fans at the clubs and another to win over the clueless drunks at festivals?
A: We’re not so disparate that we have to change the sets up. We just do our thing. It’s really easy to get psyched out about doing a big festival like Lollapalooza or Coachella and put it on a pedestal. But then you try doing something different and you just end up being uncomfortable on stage. The best festival shows are when we’re in the middle of one of our own tours, we just show up and play like we would any other show.
Q: At Coachella, you guys tried to crash a party on a golf course after you played your set. Should the starter at the Golden Gate Park Golf Course be concerned?
A: Well, that was the first time that’s ever happened. Maybe that will become our thing, though. Instead of trashing hotel rooms we’ll be the band that sneaks onto golf courses.
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