Tokyo Police Club Frontman Dave Monks Plays Mercury Lounge

June 16th, 2015

Dave Monks is most well known as the frontman and bassist of the post-punk-influenced Canadian quartet Tokyo Police Club. But following the completion of the band’s third LP, Forcefield, he experienced some life changes—falling in love and moving from Toronto to Brooklyn. Once in Kings County, Monks (above, doing “Gasoline” live in studio for 102.1 FM) began writing stripped-down songs that featured just his voice and an acoustic guitar. What he ended up with is his debut solo EP, All Signs Point to Yes (stream it below), out today. According to Exclaim, “It may not sound like Tokyo Police Club, but because of Monks’ distinct lyrical style, it still feels like Tokyo Police Club. All Signs Point to Yes takes steps in a new direction, but in the same shoes, complementing his previous work rather than distancing itself from it.” Monks celebrates its release tonight at Mercury Lounge. And a pair of Brooklyn bands, Fort Lean and Arms, open the show.