Mo Pop Festival 2014 Part IV: Tokyo Police Club, The Neighbourhood, and Lord Huron

We were finally into the last leg of the Festival and I couldn’t believe how quickly it had gone by. I was so elated to have gotten to see so many great bands perform and still so excited for the last batch. So with some pizza and water, we re-energized and prepared to close out the evening.

I had waited a long time for new music from Tokyo Police Club and what would inevitably mean a tour. Forcefield did not disappoint and has been in my regular rotation of music since it came out. I had been worried that the amphitheater would begin to fill up with people camping out to see the last two acts of the festival but was happily surprised to see just about everyone empty out after Trampled By Turtles finished and head over to the Harmonie Stage to catch Tokyo Police Club. There was a great mix of old and new tracks and I think because I’m used to people not knowing who the band is, I was pretty surprised to see so many people singing along to all of the tracks that the band played. The guys managed to fit all of my favorite songs, including “Hot Tonight” and “Your English is Good”, but I was still left wanting more. Not much will be able to keep me from seeing them the next time they come into town.

Lead singer, Jesse Rutherford made sure that there was no one falling asleep during The Neighbourhood’s set. Even during the more low key songs his presence was commanding enough to keep everyone dancing and singing along. The band sounds amazing live, specifically Rutherford’s voice. I think I may have listened to I Love You once or twice, not counting the hundreds of times I’ve heard “Sweater Weather” and “Afraid” on the radio, and thought it was okay. Hearing the songs performed live and seeing how much stage presence the band has definitely made me go back and listen again, appreciating the album more now than before. The intensity of the fans helped, it’s always so invigorating to be in the company of fans that have so much love for the band.

The sky looked rather ominous as we made our way over to the Harmonie Stage for the last time to catch Lord Huron. Once again my worry that everyone would hang out in the amphitheater to catch the last two acts was squelched as everyone followed us out. I had wanted to see Lord Huron when they were here last fall but wasn’t able to so I was very happy to finally get the chance to see them live. Lord Huron kept the energy alive by playing perfect summer tracks that helped keep the rain at bay (at least for the time being). The band even invigorated “Lonesome Dreams” and “End of the Earth” to ensure that the energy of the crowd stayed up. The rain stayed away until the band’s last song “The Stranger” was just about finished. Thankfully it wasn’t too bad and everyone could stay out and enjoy the end of their set before heading back into the amphitheater for the main event.

Finally the time had come for the main acts to take the stage. It had already been such a satisfying day that there was no doubt in my mind that the last two bands would not disappoint.

Part I featuring Flint Eastwood, MisterWives, and Bear Hands
Part II featuring Wild Cub, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and Hundred Waters
Part III featuring Cold War Kids, Bad Suns, and Trampled by Turtles
Part V featuring Young the Giant and City and Colour