Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson In Crime Record Label: Paper Bag Records
Release Date: April 27, 2006
Indie rock is not something I am overly familiar with. I've never really found many bands that I find enjoyable. This does not apply for Newmarket, Ontario's Tokyo Police Club. Something about the fun, catchy music has stuck with me, especially in the past couple months.
On the release of their first EP, A Lesson In Crime, the band demonstrate their catchy indie rock style. With seven songs and a running time of approximately 16 minutes, the EP is memorable, but doesn't contain much variation between tracks. Cheer It On starts with distorted vocals, provided by vocalist/bassist Dave Monks, which lead into a song that sounds aggressive but also addictive. Although the song is the shortest on the album, with a length just under two minutes, it is also the most enjoyable track. The song is sure to grab the attention of listeners and convince them to give the rest of the EP a listen.
The second track, Nature Of The Experiment, is nothing extraordinary, but still provides the fun and catchy sound sound. This ultimately results in an average, but enjoyable song. The first single from the A Lesson In Crime, Citizens of Tomorrow, starts off with hand claps and a little chant that would be a perfect song the start off a great live show with. Not to mention, the song has lyrics about robots ruling the world.
The middle section of the EP blends together and is, for the most part, forgettable compared to the first three tracks. This is until the final track, La Ferrassie. The track is slower then the rest of A Lesson In Crime, which makes it stick out. The song does still sound like Tokyo Police Club, but it is refreshing to hear a little variety from their typical sound used on the rest of the EP.
Overall, Tokyo Police Club laid a good foundation with A Lesson In Crime. The band shows much promise, and the short running time should make fans incredibly eager for new material.