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Forcefield

Tokyo Police Club

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Album Review

Tokyo Police Club took their time delivering the follow-up to their heart-on-sleeve second album, Champ. Though they began writing songs in 2011, Forcefield didn't arrive for another three years; during that time, they also recorded Ten Days, Ten Covers, Ten Years, which found them reworking a decade's worth of songs from artists ranging from Moby to Miley Cyrus in quick succession. That fondness for pop surfaces in these songs, which are among the band's most crafted in a number of ways. The ambitious "Argentina (Parts I, II, III)" begins Forcefield with a tale of wanting, having, and leaving as it moves from punchy to tender to purposeful over the course of nearly nine minutes. By contrast, "Hot Tonight" echoes the riff from Cyrus' "Party in the USA" and delivers Tokyo Police Club's version of a summertime hit. Both tracks are big changes from Champ's vulnerability and emphasize Forcefield's slick production, which takes some of the sting out of the album's darker tracks; "Gonna Be Ready"'s tumbling riffs are closer to Taylor Swift's insanely hooky "I Knew You Were Trouble" than the rawness of the band's previous album. Tokyo Police Club worked with co-producer Doug Boehm, who has also collaborated with the French Kicks, and Forcefield often recalls how that band managed to sound sophisticated and unpretentious at the same time. This is particularly true of "Through the Wire" and "Feel the Effect," which glides along so prettily that it's easy to miss — and forgive — the fact that David Monks admits to his bad behavior but never apologizes for it.

Customer Reviews

I, too, feel the effects

It's true that bands mature, as well they should, but when you're Tokyo Police Club, growing up just isn't in the cards. A high-energy, explosive, fun band, their previous albums and EP were full of life.

And then there's Forcefield.

The band are either bored, stopped taking drugs, or started taking drugs. Whatever the case, this album is lifeless. A phoned-in waste of instruments and sound. It was bound to happen some day. I just hoped that day wasn't for another decade, or so.

Done it Again

I was fortunate to pick up the Indie Record Store bootleg put out by the band. I've listened to this album quite a few times. I've enjoyed it more and more each time. I'm not a die hard fan of the band, but I do have all their albums. The standouts on here are of course Argentina I, II, III which is a great song along with Through the Wire which grew on me more and more with each listen and now is my favorite on the album. Hot Tonight is your radio hit while Tunnel Vision is the great track that most will probably overlook. This is a great album, a must buy for fans or anyone looking for something different or looking to broaden their horizons.

SXSW Shows Were Amazing

Heard a lot of the new tracks at SXSW. Wow, what an amazing show. Gotta check these guys out if they come to your town. My buddy and I agreed - TPC was the best show we saw at South by Southwest.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Toronto's quirky, high-energy indie rock outfit Tokyo Police Club feature vocalist/bassist Dave Monks, keyboardist/vocalist Graham Wright, guitarist/percussionist Josh Hook, and drummer/percussionist Greg Alsop. The band formed in the wake of the breakup of the foursome's previous project; after taking a break for several months, the musicians regrouped as Tokyo Police Club in 2005. They began performing live that summer, and that fall they played the Montreal Pop Festival, where the audience's rousing...
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