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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.

Customer Reviews

Not bad, not bad at all

This doesn't have the fresh, effervescent kick of the EP, but how could it? This debut album by Tokyo Police Club won't rewrite any history books, but it's solid. The band displays a heretofore unseen sentimentality and sweetness on such songs as The Harrowing Adventures Of and LIsten to the Math, giving the album a bit more depth than your average post-punk freakout. Tokyo Police Club will have a nice career ahead of them if they play their cards right, and this is a good start.

It's Amazing

I love this band and I just came from a live show and its exactly just as good as this album . It shows growth for TPC theres upbeat songs just as delivered on the previous EP and LP and theres a good mello mix up that makes this album a listen to from begining to End I love it and hope other will enjoi it's worth it :)

Release Date

The hard copy doesn't come out until April 22. They decided to release it digitally now though. Great band, great album. Two thumbs up.


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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