Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tokyo Police Club Hide In A Cave

Tokyo Police Club was formed in 2005 by David Monks (vocals, bass), Josh Hook (guitar), Graham Wright (keyboards), and Greg Alsop (drums). Elephant Shell is the sound of these four early-20-somethings, now seasoned by hundreds of shows from tiny clubs to the festival throngs at Coachella and Glastonbury, delivering on every bit of promise in their rapid-fire barrage of material to date.

The opening one-two of "Centennial" and "In A Cave" barely evaporates before "Graves" and "Juno" pack innumerable hooks and "what-does-that-remind-me-of" glimmers into meager 2-minute-and-change frameworks, while first single "Tessellate" and "Sixties Remake" encapsulate everything great about the manic TPC live experience: soaring guitar signatures and keyboard figures, driving backbeats and irresistible singalongs abound.

Seeing them live last year, open for Cold War Kids at Cafe 11, reaffirmed my belief that these kids are fricking amazing. They slaughtered Cafe 11 and with only a handful of songs to play, they left the crowd salivating for more.

Should they return to Florida on tour, you should do yourself a favor and see these guys live. In the meantime...

Download: In A Cave
Download: Tessellate (Tom Campesinos! Remix)

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