They’ve been tearing up the indie music world with their punk-infused anthems for over a decade now so it’s only fitting that they gained some of their first buzz off the social media platform, MySpace. These Toronto rockers have stuck to their same sound since the early 2000s (and they’re pretty damn good at it). It was in the days where people scrummaged to find free tracks in the depths of blogs that Tokyo Police Club earned their name. Ironically enough, Tokyo Police Club picked their name based on a computer program designed to analyze the most popular band names. When the four band members disbanded from their previous group, Suburbia, Tokyo Police Club was born in a Canadian basement.
Needless to say, these guys know how to make music. Their most recent album, “Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Parts 1 and 2)”, serves as proof that they still haven’t lost their well-deserved MySpace hype. The album’s title is a play on words to The Smashing Pumpkins’s album, “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”, released in 1995. Shout choruses are particularly evident in the tracks, “My House” and “Not My Girl”, and you can also find places where the drums back up certain rhythms of the guitar which creates this pop-like effect that drives the song forward into the punk-y, shout chorus. Another thing Tokyo Police Club curates to a T is the lulling, elongated synth sounds. A prime example of this is in “PCH” where the synth mimics the attitude of the laid back, California coastline (hint: PCH = Pacific Coast Highway). They’re also fond of heavy drum beats and the stirring sound of the hi-hat (the “chck” sound you hear). You can hear crescendos and accelerandos from the drums in most of their songs as they subdivide the beats leading up to the chorus.
Most of their US television publicity rooted from Late Show with David Letterman. They made their debut US TV performance in 2007 on Letterman’s show and additionally two other times in 2008 and 2010 (Letterman was kind of a fan). Dave Monks, vocalist and bassist, cites Prince as a huge inspiration for the way he owned the room while performing. Tokyo Police Club captures legions of fans now with the breadth of their songs and the eclectic energy they have that sets themselves apart from your “today’s hits” pop groups. Having played to their fans at Coachella, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and alongside bands like Weezer and Foster the People, they have a wide-reaching influence and global following – they are more than just a forgotten blog band.
Tokyo Police Club fuses light-speed guitars with ebullient melodies that make crafting such high-velocity guitar pop seem effortless. Fans of Ra Ra Riot and Matt and Kim can come together and rejoice the creation of MySpace for the sole reason of the infinite radness of Tokyo Police Club