Tokyo Police Club Announce U.S. Tour In Support Of ‘Forcefield’

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Tokyo Police Club are hitting the road on a nationwide tour beginning this April in support of their forthcoming album ‘Forcefield’, which drops March 25th via Mom + Pop Music. Tickets will be available to the public starting this Friday (January 24).

In place of a standard pre-order, Tokyo Police Club is encouraging fans to participate in a PledgeMusic campaign, where they can pre-order the album in a variation of bundles, while taking part in an intimate fan club style promotion.

‘Forcefield’ is Tokyo Police Club’s first release in four years, following 2010’s ‘Champ’, which received widespread acclaim. The band teased the record just before the new year with a video for the track ‘Argentina (Parts I, II, III)’.

‘Forcefield’ was produced by Doug Boehm (Dr. Dog, Girls) and David Monks (vocals, bass). Of the new music Monks notes, “Since writing started for Forcefield in mid-2011 there have been so many trends and every kind of ‘wave’. We saw them all come and disappear or change into something broader. It left us wanting to make something that would last. We ended up rediscovering energy and guitars and simple, direct songs. There was certainly a lot of pressure to take the music somewhere new and there were lots of opinions about how to do that, but in the end we blocked all that out and followed our instincts. I think that’s what Forcefield is—it doesn’t matter what else is going on out there, the music just has to be honest and have a real feeling to it.” See below for full track listing.

Tokyo Police Club is Monks, Graham Wright (keys), Josh Hook (guitar) and Greg Alsop (drums). Bursting onto the scene in 2006 with 16 minutes of music—A Lesson In Crime EP—that garnered an ecstatic response, the Newmarket, Ontario quartet has never looked back.

Forcefield 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 Effect

March 27 – Glasgow, UK at King Tuts
March 28 – Dublin, IR at Whelans
March 30 – Manchester, UK at The Ruby Lounge
March 31 – Leeds, UK at Cockpit 2
April 1 – London, UK at Scalaat
April 16 – Grand Rapids, MI at Pyramid Scheme
April 17 – Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall
April 18 – Minneapolis, MN at Varsity Theater
April 19 – Omaha, NE at Slowdown
April 21 – Denver, CO at The Bluebird Theater
April 22 – Aspen, CO at Belly Up Aspen
April 24 – Boise, ID at Neurolux
April 25 – Seattle, WA at Neumos
April 26 – Portland, OR at Doug Fir Lounge
April 28 – San Francisco, CA at The Independent
May 1 – Los Angeles, CA at The Echoplex
May 2 – Solana Beach, CA at Belly Up Tavern
May 3 – Phoenix, AZ at The Crescent Ballroom
May 5 – Austin, TX at Emo’s
May 6 – Houston, TX at Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
May 7 – Dallas, TX at Trees
May 9 – Nashville, TN at Mercy Lounge
May 10 – Atlanta, GA at Shaky Knees Festival
May 12 – Raleigh, NC at Lincoln Theatre
May 13 – Washington, DC at Black Cat
May 15 – New York, NY at Webster Hall
May 16 – Philadelphia, PA at Theatre of Living Arts
May 17 – Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair

Tokyo Police Club June Tour Dates

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club announced a string of tour dates in June, joined on most of the stops with Foster The People. A venue they’ll be doing without Foster The People sold out quickly enough to warrant a shout-out to fans on the band’s Facebook. They write:

We’re completely blown away that our Bowery Ballroom show sold out in less than 10 minutes! Thank you all so much, we’re really excited for the show. And if you’re still looking for a ticket, stay tuned in the coming weeks – we may just have a surprise for you…

Tokyo Police Club Tour Dates:
June 9 – Albany, NY at Jillian’s of Albany
June 10 – New York, NY at The Bowery Ballroom
June 11 – New York, NY at Summerstage at Central Park (with Foster The People)
June 12 – Montreal, Canada at Canal Lachine – Ilot Charlevoix (with Foster The People)
June 14 – Philadelphia, PA at Mann Center for the Performing Arts (with Foster The People)
June 15 – Boston, MA at Bank of America Pavilion (with Foster The People)
June 17 – Detroit, MI at The Fillmore (with Foster The People)
June 19 – Toronto, Canada at Downsview Park (with Foster The People)
June 20 – Chicago, IL at Congress Theater (with Foster The People)
June 21 – Chicago, IL at Congress Theater (with Foster The People)
June 22 – Minneapolis, MN at US Bank Theater at Target Center (with Foster The People)

Tokyo Police Club Challenge Themselves Recording 10 Covers In 10 Days

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Tokyo Police Club keyboardist Graham Wright spoke with about the Canadian band’s latest project that saw them record 10 cover songs from the years 2001-2010 over the course of 10 days. Asked about the biggest challenge with the project, Wright said:

We have a tendency to get bogged down in the studio; it just comes from our nature as being sort of perfectionists and being all over the place and having four different strong voices all wanting to contribute. Even at the best times in the studio, when we’ve had lots of time to do stuff, there’s been some long serious roadblocks that you have to navigate around, which is part of being creative. But, not only do we have only have ten days, but we only really have one day at a time.

The project resulted in covers of tracks by Moby (‘South Side’), Jimmy Eat World (‘Sweetness’), The Strokes (‘Under Control’), Kelly Clarkson (‘Since U Been Gone’) and more. Check out a stream of the tracks below.

Tokyo Police Club ‘Breakneck Speed’ Video

Tokyo Police Club are out with the video to their new single ‘Breakneck Speed’, off the Canadian indie rock group’s second album ‘Champ’, out June 8th on Mom + Pop. Watch the Mike Juneau directed video via YouTube below.

Tokyo Police Club ‘In A Cave’ Video

Tokyo Police Club are out with the video to their new single ‘In A Cave’, the second release from the Newmarket, Ontario indie rock band’s full-length debut album ‘Elephant Shell’, out now on Saddle Creek Records. Watch it via YouTube below.

Tokyo Police Club Perform On ‘The Late Show’

Tokyo Police Club visited ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on April 19th at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, performing ‘Nature of the Experiment’. Watch it at YouTube.

‘Nature of the Experiment’ is off the Canadian indie rock band’s EP ‘A Lesson in Crime’, out now on Paper Bag Records.