They EP sold over 70,000 copies worldwide and received plaudits from the likes of US Rolling Stone, Nylon and The New York Times as well as NZ's Real Groove, Groove Guide, RIU and other major dailies. In June 2008, NZ will be treated to another short, sharp burst of Tokyo Police Club goodness with their debut full-length album, 'Elephant Shell'.
If bassist/vocalist David Monks once described the band's music as "wide-eyed post-punk with a tendency to get over excitedso much so that someone has to come and tell it to settle down," Elephant Shell is the sound of four early-20-somethings now seasoned through hundreds of shows from tiny clubs to the festival throngs at Coachella and Glastonbury, maturing a bit and learning to temper and modulate their own more varied musical moods. Or maybe Canada's socialized health care means easier access to generic Ritalin and Adderall?
Either way, Elephant Shell delivers on every promise in Tokyo Police Club's 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 "whatdoes- that-remind-me-of" glimmers into meager 2-minute-and-change frameworks, while "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. Elsewhere, "The Harrowing Adventures Of..." and the down tempo standout "Listen To The Math" find our young protagonists ably adapting their energy into more subdued structures before the rousing coda of "The Baskervilles" brings the record to an all-too-early halt. Includes bonus remix disc.
- In a Cave
- Sixties Remake
- The Harrowing Adventures of-
- Nursery, Academy
- Your English is Good
- Listen to the Math
- The Baskervilles
- Centennial by Dntel
- Tessellate by Tom Campesinos!
- Nursery, Academy by Flowers forever
- Listen to the Math by the good life
- Tessellate by Field music
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