2010’s only just out of the foetal stages of it’s development, but it’s already looking pretty weird. Following on from 2009’s bizarre mixture of new stars, the current UK charts indicate just how much the internet has influenced the music industry, and not just in the way that songs are distributed. The fact that a Journey song features twice in the top 25 is as clear a sing as any of the power of iTunes and the freedom it gives to consumers, but the wider picture is one of a fractured soundscape, where it’s impossible to give one definitive sound that’s in vogue with the mainstream at the minute.
Entering back into this are Tokyo Police Club, who have announced this week that they’re putting the finishing touches to their second full-length release. Entitled ‘Champ’, there’s no track listing as of yet, but Dave Monks told NME.com that “11 songs, a Disney character, fuzzy bits, Canadian spelling, ice hockey sound effects, me singing the lowest note in my range, one saxophone note”. Due out on the 8th of June, this release will hopefully see one of Canada’s most accessible and exciting bands finally get the fan base they richly deserve. Whilst the indie-pop scene is bust after the landfill boom years of 2004-07, TPC are a group who have always had enough about them to make it without being attached to a certain scene.
To get us excited about their sophomore effort, the band have given away a track. To label ‘Breakneck speed’ as a slow number would be silly, but it does lack the pace and energy of some of the band’s earlier efforts. It more than makes up for that with passion and maturity though, and it’s got Monk’s trademark lyrical wordplay throughout. As a song that originally charted in 1982 celebrates hanging in and around the chart for well over a year, surely there’s room for a band that should’ve been huge in 2007?
You can download TokyoPolice Club’s ‘Breakneck Speed’ from their official website http://tokyopoliceclub.com/, or listen to it below
Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed
You can also catch the band in action in June at the following venues:
Manchester Ruby Lounge (7th)
London Scala (8th)