Tokyo Police Club Champ
Indie | Mom & Pop Music Co.
Canadian indie outfit Tokyo Police Club are back with a new album: Champ. TPC has got the indie rock record down to a near science, or so it seems. With such an outpouring of indie music in recent times, thanks to the ease of mass marketing, the indie sound has become more and more established in the music scene. This of course lends itself to the inevitable threat of similarities in sound, a threat Tokyo Police Club has met head on and adjusted accordingly throughout their musical careers.
Champ is littered with eerie guitar riffs, the warm vocals of David Monks, and some refreshing drums. The album boasts familiarity but does not sacrifice much in the face of originality. Champ seems to be the most logical product of TPC’s musical evolution. This album has garnered a lot of attention, even making a late-night TV appearance, which is a landmark for many bands, especially speaking on behalf of the indie scene.
TPC tackle a variety of issues lyrically that are somewhat metaphorically sugarcoated. This quality allows for one to keep TPC out of the “guilty pleasure” category. We all know that there are certain bands that we only listen to while alone, for fear of the social repercussions – hell I’m a Taylor Swift fan! Tokyo Police Club is not one of those bands. In fact, they are quite the opposite; their lyrics are crafted in such a way that they allow for your imagination to take nearly whatever it is you want from them. While some songs messages are outright, one would be hard pressed to come across another with the same interpretation for the entire album.
Tokyo Police Club is rather new on the scene, only being a band for a few years, but that has not stopped them from creating some very quality Indie tunes, making milestones early on where other bands have taken years to achieve. Tokyo Police Club is currently on a American tour, something you should look into. I don’t feel like the Canucks will come around very often, and a live show would be one sorely missed.