Dave Monks, better known as the long-haired frontman of Canada’s own Tokyo Police Club, split from the others to record six really solid acoustic songs under the title All Signs Point to Yes. Each track is as touching as the next: Whether the tunes are about the unpredictable future or heartbreak blues, this collection has what it takes to make you feel connected. Driving, laying around, or easy listening suits All Signs Point to Yes best.
The EP kicks off with “Vegas,” probably the most happy of all the songs. This one is about being with the partner of your dreams despite outside uncertainty. The lyrics speak highly of deep love and how far it can carry you. The guitar strums are mostly offbeat upstrokes and Monks sings in his unassuming baritone. A key lead in the middle of the song helps it sail. Clapping ensues shortly after, forcing some water into your happy eyes. “Gasoline” is a slower ditty with ghostly piano. “Save me a part of your heart if you got enough,” states Monks. The EP quickly jumps from happy to sorrowful as Monks pleads for a shoulder to lean on. The drums are played with brushes adding to a hushed nature.
“The Rules” is next on the list. Michelle, one of the protagonists, is a beautiful girl apparently experiencing the duress of broken heart and the perceptions that come along with one. Michael’s (the other protagonist) ex, on the other hand, didn’t know what she had. Anyway, it becomes apparent that Monks feels there are rules to love, rules that he doesn’t make. Simply put, you can’t break them. Insert here a voluptuous horn interlude. Song Four is “Miss You.” The drums are very consistent providing a stiff backbone. Arpeggiated guitar and bumbling bass fill the space brilliantly. With lyrics that spill from the mouth of regret, “Miss You” softly makes a home within your pining heart.
“Heartbreak Blues” begins with Monks admitting just how many girls ignore him. Perhaps they aren’t hearing or understanding the blues playing out his soul – “‘Cause I got nobody. I must be coldblooded.” The bridge features synchronized hits. Chorused guitar serves as the icing on the cake. The song’s outro goes back to the instrumental hits and light cooing. “Summer Dream” is the final hurrah on this collection. The tune revisits love as Monks recounts a dream that saw him marry a beauty queen in the company of those he holds dear. The acoustic guitar is rightfully rhythmic with deep strings buttressing their effort. The song’s most potent weapon, however, is Monks deadly falsetto heard during the chorus.
All Signs Point to Yes is a touching group of songs that cover several relatable topics. If you like Born Ruffians and Tokyo Police Club, you’ll like Dave Monks’ effort. Check out the music video for “Gasoline” below.