Artist of the Week: Tokyo Police Club
Tokyo Police Club are one of the great Canadian indie success stories of the decade — a high school band that builds a local buzz and goes on to play such festivals as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Coachella and Glastonbury, perform on Letterman, and attains success far greater than they could have ever imagined when starting out in Newmarket, Ontario. Since releasing their first EP in 2006, TPC has developed worldwide fans, with Vapor Music included among them.
Four years later, the band has just released their sophomore full-length album, ‘Champ’, and are touring the U.S., Canada, and Europe in the fall (TPC are set to return to Toronto stages while opening up for Phoenix on October 22nd at Ricoh Coliseum). They’re also set to have their music appear in two upcoming Vapor projects: both “Your English Is Good” (from their debut EP) and “Not Sick” (from ‘Champ’) will be featured in Ubisoft’s Shaun White Skateboarding (released on October 24th), and “Breakneck Speed” (also from ‘Champ’) will conclude the feature film ‘Repeaters’ (premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September).
To help celebrate Tokyo Police Club’s many successes, Vapor is currently featuring their song “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)” in our free iPhone app, available in the Apple App Store. With hot new tunes, videos, our artists of the week, Twitter/Facebook integration and much more, the Vapor app is your one source for fresh music on your iPhone. Did we mention it’s free?!
“Filling in the spaces with catchy pop hooks and delectably sweet melodies. Champ has no shortage of either, keeping to a charming pattern of delivering radio-ready, digestible tunes that play excellently with a big tall pitcher of Kool-Aid and some fun on the trampoline.”
– Jordan Richardson, Blog Critics
Similar to: Tapes ‘n Tapes, Ruby Coast, The Golden Dogs
“There’s a whole lot to love here, perhaps more than other TPC efforts. Gone are the days, though, where the album is built on an indie pop glean. Sure, if you want them to channel Pat Benatar in “Big Difference” or power through some super spastic sounds, creating a wave of sheer dance-rock energy, in “Wait Up (Boots of Danger”), then you’ll find yourself a happy camper come the album’s end. But if you wanted truly legitimate and incremental growth, if you wanted the musical equivalent of moving out of your parents’ house but still visiting every Sunday, then Champ is your record.”
— Consequence of Sound
“Like Elephant Shell, Champ is an album of memories. Not all of them are grand and some of them are confusing, like the time that small girl you used to like when you used to be a small boy almost kissed your small nose but turned away at the last damned second, but the luxury isn’t often in the good or bad of the remembrance – it’s in the remembering itself.”
— Blog Critics
Watch Tokyo Police Club’s video for “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)”
Watch Tokyo Police Club’s video for “Bambi”
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