I grew up on one religion, Dave Monks. The soundtrack to all of my memories switch between A Lesson In Crime and Elephant Shell. So when Tokyo Police Club finally released the single “Not My Girl” earlier this year I could finally breath again knowing there was more music to come. In honour of the bands ten-year anniversary since their debut album A Lesson in Crime the four-piece New Market natives are releasing a two-part LP, Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Parts 1 & 2) Fun fact: the title is a pun on the Smashing Pumpkins seminal 1995 album.
Part one is set to release this Friday, April 8th. The best way to describe the five track EP is new era TPC. Their previous album Forcefield, released in 2014, was an ode to lost love and their lost sound. To me, that’s the beauty of Tokyo Police Club. They purposely shut out the countless microtrends of indie rock. And in case you have noticed, indie rock is basically pop now and Tokyo Police Club has embraced the bubble gum alternative glam feel perfectly through Melon Collie Part 1. I’ll be the first to admit that this is not Tokyo Police Club’s best album but I think that is part of its charm. It’s quirky and upbeat nature makes us crave the next song. Each song takes it time to unfold. Lead single “Not My Girl” is built on layers of anticipation ending with an epic guitar solo and overcoming chant. Each song is its own anthem. “Losing You” is the millennial relationship all wrapped up into a quick verse that hits too close to home for many of us. In a recent interview with CBC Music Monks describes the album as “capturing the moment and being ourselves. It was this spontaneous feeling of, ‘These songs are rad, let’s put them out.’” This approach has worked to their advantage, yet again. Tokyo Police Club screams youth, they are constantly producing music that never grows old. Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness is just another example of Tokyo Police Club expressing their talent in such a raw and fearless way.