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Josh Hook
David Monks
Graham Wright

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For a band that burst on the scene with an ecstatically received 16 minutes of music (2006's A Lesson In Crime EP) followed in rapid fire succession by additional EPs and singles (Smith, “Your English Is Good”) and a debut album (2008’s Elephant Shell) all in under two years time, you’d think 26 months between albums would be an interminable wait. And it might well have been for Tokyo Police Club, had they not toured relentlessly in support of that first album through August of 2009—and started writing new songs virtually the second their previous record was put to bed.

So the nine month gap between the close of that tour and the June 8 release of Champ, Tokyo Police Club’s second full length album and first for the mom+pop label, has been anything but boring or unproductive. Quite the opposite in fact: The Newmarket Ontario quartet ended up happily immersing itself more fully in its craft than ever: Greg Alsop (drums), Josh Hook (guitar), David Monks (vocals, bass) and Graham Wright (keys/percussion) challenged and redefined their songwriting and performing chops and techniques from day one of pre-production, and, together with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith), ultimately created the defining record of their career to date.

By the band’s account, not a second was wasted in getting to the genesis of the material that would become Champ. “Naturally we started writing really early,” Monks recalls, particularly in the case of “Breakneck Speed,” the first peek at Champ that the band would eventually stream at http://tokyopoliceclub.com/. “’Breakneck Speed’ was written right after we finished mixing Elephant Shell. After that, writing came really gradually. Then by summer 2009 we realized we had eight or nine songs and we headed to New York to demo them and start pre-production. When we came home after that, the momentum was there and we kept writing and didn’t stop until we finished that November.”

All of which explains why numerous Champ highlights will be familiar to those who’ve caught Tokyo Police Club from dates on their last headlining tour through this year’s appearance on Coachella’s main stage, from the epic slow burn of album opener “Favorite Food” to the irresistible shuffle of “End of A Spark” to first single “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)”--whose hypnotic refrains made it onto Champ just under the wire. “Yeah that one almost didn’t make it onto the record,” says Monks. “I remember writing the chorus on the way back from demoing in New York and finishing it when we had about three weeks left. It was close.”

While fans are sure to be pleased by Champ’s familiar live staples and other tracks in the signature Tokyo Police Club vein that the Los Angeles Times likened to “being in love for the first time, in musical form—that kind of rush,” the album’s more experimental and adventurous tracks shine just as brightly. The fruits of Champ’s hard labor combined with intriguing hints at that band’s future musical excursions make tracks like “Gone” and “Not Sick” essential listening. The former was the result of a summer-long weekly songwriting challenge between Dave and Graham that was never intended to yield music for the LP, he explains: “First thing every morning we had to write a little song and record it to send to the other. The only rule was that it had to be entirely on the spot. So one Wednesday I came up with ‘Gone’ and it it grabbed Graham enough to bring it to the band. What we came up with almost didn’t make sense—the different parts, the strange time signature—until Greg came in with his contribution: a beat that made everything fall together really naturally and easily. And suddenly it was a song. And ‘Not Sick,’ for whatever reason, was the hardest song we ever had to do.”

That said, it’s always the most natural talents always make excellence look effortless. And Champ is no exception, thanks in large part to the instantly simpatico relationship the band struck up with Rob Schnapf. “So many producers feel a need to leave their imprint on a band or record,” says Monks. “With this record, we’d gotten to a place where we were happy with our own voice as a band, so why would we do dilute it or compromise it? We needed to find someone to help us best express that voice and Rob’s help was invaluable in getting that across.”

Tokyo Police Club took its first baby steps toward finding that voice with its formation in 2005. The band was off and running the following year, releasing the debut EP A Lesson In Crime to instant and universal acclaim. One more EP (Smith), a digital-only single (“Your English Is Good”) and a few world tours later, Tokyo Police Club’s first full length album, Elephant Shell was released in April 2008. Elephant Shell’s release was preceded by multiple sold out shows in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto, and followed by appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and, bizarrely enough, Desperate Housewives. Critical response to the full length was even more enthusiastic and diverse, with the likes of GQ (“Strokes-caliber catchiness”), Elle (“a smart, furiously played sugar-rush debut”), Rolling Stone (“poised to become the biggest Canadian export since Molson”) and more giving thumbs up. The guys circled the globe in support of Elephant Shell for approximately a year and a half, finally coming off the road in August of 2009.

All of which brings us to Tokyo Police Club unveiling Champ to ears and eyes the world over, as the band embarks on a tour as special guests of Passion Pit that will take them through the end of June. Barely hours after that tour concludes, the boys will kick off a headlining tour that will find them headlining through the summer, combining Champ material with the numerous fan favorites in their live set. “There’s really not one thing to sum it up,” says Monks of the record. “Musically we didn’t follow any kind of framework or preferred kind of song. Any direction we went is a direction that just felt fun. “Or you could say,” he concludes, “It just sounds like us.”
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Tokyo Police Club add second Toronto show

Tokyo Police Club's show at The Danforth Music Hall is sold out - but the gang has added second night in Toronto!

Pre-sale tickets to the newly added December 12 show will become available here">bit.ly tomorrow, October 8, at noon. General on sale begins Friday at 10AM.

And in holiday spirit, the two dates are now officially a part of Union Events' Jingle Bell Rock series - brought to you in part by 102.1 the Edge.
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Additional Tokyo Police Club Canadian Tour Dates Added

Tokyo Police Club have added a string of Ontario + Quebec dates to their upcoming Canadian tour!

11.24.14 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Outpost *
11.27.14 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre *
11.29.14 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle *
11.30.14 – Peterborough, ON – The Venue *
12.03.14 – Kingston, ON – The Ale House *
12.04.14 – London, ON – London Music Hall *
12.05.14 – Hamilton, ON – Studio Theatre, Hamilton Place *
12.06.14 – St. Catharines, ON – Isaacs Bar and Grill *
12.09.14 – Waterloo, ON – Starlight *
12.10.14 – Waterloo, ON – Starlight *
12.11.14 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall *
* w/ Said The Whale & The Pack A.D

Tokyo Police Club's fan presale starts tomorrow. Be ready to secure your ticket here.bit.ly />
All tickets will be on sale this Friday! View">bit.ly all forthcoming Tokyo Police club dates.

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Tokyo Police Club Western Canadian Tour Dates

Tokyo Police Club is trekking out to Western Canada with Said The Whale and The Pack AD this November! Dates below. Click">dinealonerecords.com here for tickets.

Western CDN tour dates:
11.08.14 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre #
11.08.14 – Regina, SK – The Riddell Centre #
11.09.14 – Lethbridge, AB – Average Joe’s #
11.11.14 – Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Community Theatre *
11.12.14 – Whistler, BC – Maurice Young Millennium Place *
11.14.14 – Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden Hall *
11.15.14 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom – All Ages*
11.15.14 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom – 19+ *
11.16.14 – Kamloops, BC – Sagebrush Hall *
11.17.14 – Nelson, BC – Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel *
11.19.14 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room *
11.20.14 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room *
11.21.14 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall *
11.22.14 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brians Event Centre *
# w/ Said The Whale
* w/ Said The Whale & Pack A.D
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Tokyo Police Club's Forcefield available now!

After 4 years of anticipation, Tokyo Police Club's newest effort Forcefield is officially in stores worldwide! Produced by Doug Boehm (Dr. Dog, Girls) and singer David Monks, Forcefield takes Tokyo Police Club to new heights through infectious melodies and strong rhythms.

georiot.co target="_blank">Click to purchase Forcefield on iTunes.

The album is also available on limited edition clear vinyl exclusively to Dine Alone. Click bit.ly target="_blank">HERE for your copy.

Tracklist:
1 Argentina (Parts I, II, III)
2 Hot Tonight
3 Miserable
4 Gonna Be Ready
5 Beaches
6 Toy Guns
7 Tunnel Vision
8 Through The Wire
9 Feel The Effects

The band recently stopped by CBC Radio 2 to perform some of the new material for an intimate crowd of diehard fans. Check out the link below to hear live renditions of "Argentina (Parts I, II, III)", "Hot Tonight", "Gonna Be Ready" and more.

music.cbc.ca target="_blank">Check out the band's live session here.
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Stream new Tokyo Police Club album via The New York Times

Though it doesn't hit shelves until next Tuesday (March 25), fans can now stream Forcefield, the new album from Canada's own Tokyo Police Club, exclusively via The New York Times' "Press Play" platform. The followup to 2010's Champ is just as upbeat and energized as ever kicking off, with new single and three-part opening track "Argentina (Parts I, II, III)".

nyti.ms target="_blank">Click here to stream Forcefield.

www.smarturl.it target="_blank">Click to pre-order your copy on iTunes.

Want to here these songs live? Stay tuned for upcoming Canadian tour news.
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