Following on from one of the most well received 16 minutes of music in recent history (2007's A Lesson In Crime EP), Newmarket, Ontario's Tokyo Police Club will be releasing their debut album Elephant Shell, due out 5 May on Memphis Industries.
Elephant Shell lands roughly a year and half after the A Lesson In Crime EP and barely three years on from the band's 2005 formation. Said EP A Lesson in Crime was lauded by Rolling Stone: "If only all young guitar bands were smart enough to rock out this fast"; The Guardian: "Short sharp bursts of nonchalant arrogance. Thrilling"; NME: "The most perfect, weirdly askew band the other side of the pond has produced since Pavement"; Pitchfork: "The potential to become a real five-tool player in indie for a long time; Pretty Girls Make Graves agility, Les Savy Fav's curveball, The Strokes' sweet swing-there's no questioning the latent talent here". It would go on to sell over 70,000 copies - probably about 69,000 more than the band were expecting. Not bad for four kids who self taught during senior year at high school.
Following the release of A Lesson in Crime the band set about tearing round the world in a beat up transit, touring the US four times in '07 playing variously with Cold War Kids and Bloc Party, selling out two headline shows at El Rey and three nights at the Bowery Ballroom and standing out as highlights of Lollapalooza and Coachella. In the UK they sold out their first headline tour in seconds and owned the John Peel stage at Glastonbury and the new bands tents at Reading/Leeds.
David Monks, lead singer/bassist, described A Lesson in Crime at the time of release as "wide-eyed post-punk with a tendency to get over excited" - Elephant Shell is built on the same rapid-fire foundations of their previous work but is now built high with corridors of soaring sonic invention. Elephant Shell delivers on every bit of promise of A Lesson in Crime. The opening one-two rapid-fire salvo of "Centennial" and "In A Cave" barely evaporates before "Graves" and "Juno" pack innumerable hooks and "what-does-that-remind-me-of" glimmers into taut 2-minute-and-change frameworks, while "Tessellate" and "Sixties Remake" encapsulate everything great about the manic Tokyo Police Club live experience: soaring guitar signatures and keyboard figures, driving backbeats and irresistible sing-along's abound. Elsewhere, "The Harrowing Adventures Of..." and the dubbed out standout "Listen To The Math" find our young protagonists stretching out, hinting at a new-found maturity, ably adapting their energy into more subdued structures before the rousing coda of "The Baskervilles" brings the record to a shuddering halt.
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