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Tokyo Police Club
A Lesson In Crime
Paper Bag Records
www.tokyopoliceclub.net


The quartet Tokyo Police Club from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, have some Britpop action happening in their pop/rock modems. They are a blend of the '80s New Order and 2000's Bloc Party. The average age among band members David Monks (lead singer/bassist), Joshua Hook (guitarist), Graham Wright (keyboards), and Greg Alsop (drummer) is about 20 years old, falling between 19 and 21. The Canadian troupe has released their debut EP entitled A Lesson In Crime. The songs have lively handclapping beats along synth-textured guitar vibrations similarly to The Kooks. There are a lot of laudable elements in their music but their sound is still undistinguishable compared to other synth-rock bands like Q & Not U, The Futureheads, Stereohonics, and The Zutons.

Their EP starts off with a twinkling number "Cheer It On", frocked by lively percussion beats and shimmering guitar vibrations. The album proceeds into more excitable synth and guitar action with "Nature Of The Experiment" and "Citizens Of Tomorrow." The band relies on their rhythm sections to incite movement out their audience and their keyboard and guitar swirls to awe the listener. They use their chord stunts to swoon people, the way a magician uses props to excite an audience. Tokyo Police Club's music is made to stir a reaction from people like their tune "Shoulders & Arms" which fastens Xiu Xiu like bubbles along Les Georges Leningrad-style keyboard enchantments. There is an experimental factor in their music like the lancing guitar sequences trussed up to spiraling keyboard shadows like on the tracks "If It Works" and "Be Good." The chords are stressed and spiral glamorously, creating a whirlwind atmosphere that draws people into its center.

Their EP is a good effort and excellent for a crowd around their own age who are hearing these multi-dimensional synth tones for the first time. But whether the Tokyo Police Club have staying power... only time will tell if they can mature beyond this point. Their EP can be lumped in with other synth-rock bands. Their experimental phrases are swirling and enchant audiences for the first time, but much like a magician, the enchantment wears off unless there is more to their craftiness.

-Susan Frances

Track listing:
1. Cheer It On
2. Nature Of The Experiment
3. Citizens Of Tomorrow
4. Shoulders & Arms
5. If It Works
6. Be Good
7. La Ferrassie


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