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Tokyo Police Club
A Lesson In Crime
Paper Bag

Rating: 7/10 ?

July 27, 2006

Ontario's Tokyo Police Club are the new kids on the blog (see what I did there?) and all the hipsters are raving about them. It's simple indie-rock here, kids. Poppy and gritty sounds of fuzzy guitars and nasally vocals push the sounds from the speakers. On first listen you can tell this is a band of kids experimenting with sound. It's lo-fi, but not too lo-fi. This gang is figuring out what they want to be about while you and your ears get the benefit of their indecision.

"Cheer It On!" is a garage-style rock number brought to life by what sounds like The Strokes' little brothers. In your face drumming and a fuzzed out organ keep the song in motion and the whole EP keeps moving in that same way.

"Nature Of The Experiment" has a cleaner (but still lo-fi) indie rock sound. High energy charges all the way through the album, but it slows down a bit on this track, to bring out a little more emotion. It's not straight up twee by any stretch, but it has clearly been influenced by the sounds of the twee. Belle & Sebastian, eat your heart out.

The science fiction geek in the band comes out in the song "Citizens Of Tomorrow." A mix of the first two songs, Tokyo Police Club make it sound like the Strokes baking up a Pixies song while adding a pinch of their own sugar and spice.

There is a definite Clap Your Hands Say Yeah comparison to be drawn upon first listen, and it also sounds as if they stole the guitarist from Bloc Party on half of these tracks, but Tokyo Police Club have enough of their own ideas scattered throught to make A Lesson In Crime less than a rip-off. For the first release from these youngsters, it's certainly worth it's weight. I'll bet these guys continue to grow and improve with each album.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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