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Tokyo Police Club – “Hot Tonight”

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I interviewed Tokyo Police Club keyboardist Graham Wright about the band’s new album for Exclaim! a few months back, and Forcefield doesn’t disappoint. As promised, the choruses are absolutely massive.

It’s a far poppier record than we’re used to hearing from Tokyo Police Club, which is mostly a good thing. Case in point: the extremely catchy “Hot Tonight.”

The album is out on March 25.

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Satellites spying on us from space

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I’ve always been a fan of Graham Wright‘s stripped-down acoustic solo tunes. The Tokyo Police Club keyboardist is gearing up to release an album called Shirts vs Skins on June 28, and the lead single is more rocking that I’m used to hearing from him. Entitled “Soviet Race,” it’s based around a repetitive guitar figure and an explosive chorus that’s steeped in gritty guitars and Cold War imagery. I’m not sure that I like this as much as Wright’s folksy material, but it’s still an intriguing preview of the new disc.

Go to Exclaim! to read my preview of Shirts vs Skins.

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At the movies, drunk and young

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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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Graham Wright explores his soft side

Graham Wright - "Crooked Moon"
Tokyo Police Club is known for its spiky post-punk and electro-tinged atmospherics, but under his own name, keyboardist Graham Wright favours mellow bedroom folk. Last year, he released The Lakes of Alberta, an understated five-song EP about an affair with a woman with a husband and child. It was (and still is) available as a free download, and its vivid imagery and wistful nostalgia made it a promising solo debut.

Once again, Wright is offering up a free download, although this time it’s only one song. “Crooked Moon” begins with whispered vocals and gentle acoustic arpeggios, a sparse arrangement that is eventually fleshed out by chiming glockenspiel and charmingly sloppy banjo leads that evoke Sufjan Stevens. But it’s the lyrics that are the primary draw, an intimate profession of love that begins an hour before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Based on the message that accompanies the track, it doesn’t sound like Wright has any immediate plans to release a solo LP, as he says he has plenty of songs written but that “it may be years before anyone hears them.” It looks like we may have a long wait ahead of us, but “Crooked Moon” should help to tide us over until he finally decides to release a solo full-length.

Download the track over at Wright’s website.
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