I was blown away the first time I heard Tokyo Police Club. At the time I thought they'd taken The Strokes sound and made it so much more visceral and compelling. And Canadian.
That initial lust was from 'Nature Of The Experiment', and would soon be followed by the brilliant EP, 'A Lesson In Crime' and then the ridiculously catchy 'Your English Is Good'. The world was at their feet. But then the debut album 'Elephant Shell' came along and I was pretty disappointed. It lacked the spark of their earlier stuff had and I felt they could do better. And new song 'Breakneck Speed' is proof of that.
From that laidback, too-cool-for-school intro, 'Breakneck Speed' sounds exactly like where Tokyo Police Club should be come album numero deux. No massive hype to contend with this time round, the band seem to have found themselves again and made some tweaks. "It's good to be back, it's good to be back, good to be back...."
'Breakneck Speed' is freely downloadable from tokyopoliceclub.com. New album 'Champ' is out later this year.
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