This is a great first release from Tokyo Police Club. There are now filler tracks, its eight solid tracks. The ep is very short only clocking in at around 18 mins but suits the songs appropriately. Its fast, punchy, passionate music, no major breaks just an intense barrage of amazing riffs and vocals. The lyrics are unusual and very interesting, they range from Citizens of Tomorrow possibly about affects of global warming, Cut Cut Paste an unusual first kiss or La Ferrassie - based on a location in France where palentologists discovered the remains of ancient humans, where its believed humans first buried the dead. This sounds deep, but its far from it. TPC are a quirky, upbeat indie pop punk band. A really refreshing unique band. Buy this album!
There are some bands that release an album or an EP and you can tell they have much more to offer, Tokyo Police Club is one of those bands. Even though this album is great, I can tell these Canadian indie rockers have so much more to give, a wider pallete to envision, this is just a taster.
From the pounding drum rhythms of the first track you can tell you are about to be taken on a ride, Tokyo Police Club take the listener to an outer world where robots enslave mankind (Citizens Of Tomorrow) to where a time when love is illegal (Cheer It On.
Nature Of The Experiment is their single and it rages with glorious synths and tremelo picking guitars, in fact, almost every track has tremelo pikcing, which may become samey after a while, but that is TPC's sound. The drumming is constant, the bass is bold and punchy and the keyboards are errie and spacey. David Monks voice is charming and slow, as if he hasn't slept for days, but never sounds bored, the end of Shoulders & Arms is strangly moving.
Of course no first album is without hitches, as I said before the guitar is rather samey, and sparse. The songs are very short and seem to be about the same thing. Still there is much to like here, the songs are catchy and my personal favourite Citizens Of Tomorrow is a fantastic tune, and last song La Ferrassie is haunting aswell as beautiful.
A treat indeed...short, exciting, to the point, moving and euphoria inducing! I picked it up in Spring 2007 to give it a listen cos I thought the cover looked pretty cool. I was in for a very jolting but very nice experience I immediately purchased - I still listen to it a lot now...it never outstays its welcome! Buy now - if you don't you're silly and should have your toys taken away!
I love these guys - so funky and yet so rocky/indie. "Citizens of Tomorrow" is chillingly timely, but all their tracks are well written with great music to match. Its a short album though - like really short, but worth the spend. TPC are xfm legends and I can never hear enough.. Buy Buy, and you will become a convert.
The Tokyo Police Club hail from Canadian and are quartet, comprising of Dave Monks - vocals, bass, glockenspiel Josh Hook - guitar, percussion Graham Wright - keyboards, vocals, Greg Alsop - drums, percussion
The opening track on this EP/ mini album is the fast and frantic second single "Cheer It On", contains the catchy wailing chorus of "When you're standing near /Tokyo Police Club When you're standing next to me /Tokyo Police Club/ When you take the tunnel Arresting you for being in love
As is the lead off single "Nature Of The Experiment", those two are definite standout tracks, but the other six tracks, contained.
This is one of the hottest bands around at the moment, and though I haven't scene them live yet, judging from this album, they ought to be raucous live.