Saturday, July 21, 2007
New Tokyo Police Club Album on Saddle Creek
When I first saw Tokyo Police Club live in Ottawa last year I wasn't especially impressed with the performance. Granted, their repertoire included a mere handful of songs and the guys had only just stepped into the daunting limelight of Canada's burgeoning indie scene. But I'd been hooked on the band's A Lesson In Crime EP for months and had expected a live show to match the energy and creativity contained in its 16-odd minutes of glory.
So naturally, when the boys from Newmarket, Ontario lit up Hoxton Bar and Kitchen last month and charmed their London crowd to the tune of two encores, I was pleasantly surprised. It certainly helped that almost half the show was composed of new material, and the new songs are solid. Non-A Lesson In Crime tracks 'Box' and 'Your English is Good' were met with extreme audience enthusiasm, and I can testify that the upcoming LP will be quality if the Club includes the new material they tested out on our eager ears. It's also a promising sign that TPC's first album proper is to be released on Saddle Creek Records.
And did I mention that Immaculate Machine showed up unannounced just 'cause? Not bad at all for £6.
Here's most of the newer stuff I've been able to get my hands on:
Tokyo Police Club - Box (Smith EP)
Tokyo Police Club - Cut Cut Paste (Smith EP)
Tokyo Police Club - Your English is Good (Your English is Good 7" single)
Tokyo Police Club - Graves (Daytrotter Session)
Tokyo Police Club - New Song (Daytrotter Session)
(Special thanks to Cause=Time for the tip on the Daytrotter tracks and I hope you thoroughly enjoy the show in Denver tonight.)