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Tokyo Police Club brings arresting pace back to Buffalo

In the decade since Newmarket, Ont.’s Tokyo Police Club first excited Canadian tastemakers with its frenetic debut EP “A Lesson in Crime,” no one can accuse the band of complacency.

Vocalist/bassist Dave Monks, guitarist Josh Hook, drummer Greg Alsop, and keyboardist/vocalist Graham Wright have produced three full-length albums and an armful of live and studio EPs - all music the band has gleefully delivered on multiple Buffalo stages. The quartet will return with a refreshed array of old and new material when it performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.). New York’s hard-charging Charly Bliss will open.

Now armed with two EPs identified by Smashing Pumpkins-inspired wordplay — “Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness Part One" and "Part Two" — TPC has new tunes to share, even since its last local appearance at July's Edgefest. But after fall’s 10th anniversary release of “A Lesson in Crime” on specialized vinyl, the band has both revisited its initial introduction to international audiences, as well as reawakened the unvarnished material amid its typical setlist servings of key-laden power pop favorites like “Tessellate“ and “Your English is Good.” This should make for a bouncy pre-weekend mix inside the condensed club confines of downtown’s Waiting Room.

This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $23 (

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