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There are worlds of arcane meaning concealed within Tokyo Police Club’s short and sharp-edged songs. After a promising debut EP, this Canadian quartet gets down to some serious, weird business on 2008’s Elephant Shell, a jagged sonic junkshop filled with tongue-twisting lyrics and leg-entangling rhythms. Tokyo Police Club follows in the avant-funk tradition pioneered by Gang of Four and the Contortions, with the visceral kick of the Strokes thrown in. David Monks’ pumping bass and pinched vocals set the tone for these tracks, and the grooves here are compelling, whether the band is marching with drunken dignity (“Listen to the Math”), staggering across barbed-wire guitar lines (“In a Cave”) or rushing pell-mell towards imaginary exits (“Sixties Remake”). Elephant Shell’s wordplay is likewise hard to shrug off, with “Tessellate” and “Your English is Good” noteworthy for their surreal imagery and well-chosen non sequiturs. Monks may throw the dictionary at the listener, but when it counts, he connects with tasty (if morbid) phrases and absurdist insights enjoyable by anyone with an appetite for pungent, astringent rock.

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Poetic and perfect!

Elephant Shell is everything I had expected and more! The lyrics are stunning .. an instant favourite was Listen to the Math- it's much more mellow than what they're known for, but it's breathtaking. I love the lyrics in Sixties Remake ('cause you've got nerve, but we've got tact / going back to the city hurts). AMAZING album!

Good follow-up to Lesson in Crime

Elephant Shell has proven to be a solid album with a good variety of beats and melodies. However, the one thing that has stuck out for me is the lack of rawness in the vocals that were delightfully present in Lesson in Crime. Most of the tracks sound very pitch-corrected and therefore do not have as much depth as previous songs not included on ES. For example, I much prefer the earlier release of "Your English Is Good" solely because the vocals are much rougher, as opposed to the more commercial-sounding version on this album. But don't get me wrong, Elephant Shell is ridiculously catchy and enjoyable, with solid tracks like "In a Cave" which includes TPC's iconic hand-claps, and "Sixties Remake" with fabulous percussion. Overall, this is not one to miss out on, but i would suggest picking up Lesson in Crime if you haven't already.

TPC is gold

As a follow up to the explosive "A Lesson in Crime" Tokyo Police Club's sophmore album exceeded all expectations. Juno, Caves and Tessellate are repeat to death worthy and the bonus remixes are solid. The quick paced style remains as it was in 'A Lesson in Crime' but so much depth is there in both the lyrics and arrangements. Newmarket hasn't done better than TPC. Elephant shell will drain your ipod's life since it will be on 24/7.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The high-energy indie rock outfit Tokyo Police Club features vocalist/bassist Dave Monks, keyboardist/vocalist Graham Wright, guitarist/percussionist Josh Hook, and drummer/percussionist Greg Alsop. Forming in the wake of the breakup of the foursome's previous project, they regrouped as Tokyo Police Club in 2005. They began performing live around Toronto that summer, and the rousing receptions their shows got convinced the group to make Tokyo Police Club a full-time venture. Early in 2006 the band...
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