Rituals can be filled with meaning, or they can feel routine. The band made a strong case for the meaning side of the equation to start, opening with Forcefield's "Argentina" suite that encapsulates everything that, at their best, Tokyo Police Club do well: cheeky lyrics, shoulder-swaying hooks and a fuzzy, nostalgic guitar sound that crackles with energy. From there, though, things got a bit more scattered: the band's run-through of songs like "Breakneck Speed" and "Toy Guns" was competent but played like a comedown in comparison.
To my ears, things picked up again with a loud, forceful take on Forcefield rocker "Gonna Be Ready," but the crowd didn't really get back into the spirit of things until single "Hot Tonight," a song I confess I find to be a trifle; it sounded like it, too, all tinny and hollow. Thankfully, the band leveraged that momentum well, building on it with a great take on "One More Night" and finishing out the set with inspired takes on crowd-pleasers "Frankenstein" and "Juno."