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Armed Police
Tokyo Police Club got a raw deal with its debut album, 2008′s Elephant Shell. It was a solid record with plenty of memorable tunes, and had it come from almost any other band, it would have been celebrated as an outstanding debut. After the sensation that was the 2006 EP A Lesson in Crime, however, the band experienced an undeserving backlash and the album received middling reviews.

Hopefully listeners expectations will be a little more realistic heading into the group’s upcoming LP, Champ, due out later this spring. Take a listen to the new single “Breakneck Speed,” which, despite the title, is darker and moodier than TPC’s usual fare. It’s got a massive hook in the form of a reverb-soaked guitar lick, which enters around the one-minute mark. It’s a solid start for what promises to be one of the must-hear albums of the next few months.

Head over to Exclaim! to read my news story about Champ.

MP3: “Breakneck Speed”
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