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Tokyo Police Club have released a free single from their upcoming album Champ. For those of you who care, check out the brief review below.

If Helen was the face that launched a thousand ships, Tokyo Police Club was the band name that launched a legion of equally silly imitators. In the years since their debut, we’ve witnessed the Bombay Bicycle Club, the Two Door Cinema Club, the New Young Pony Club, and even Tom Morello’s Street Sweeper Culture Club. Of course, one could claim that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club started this associative naming trend, but seeing as motorcycle clubs actually exist, I’ll choose to ignore this otherwise salient point.

On to the track. My initial impressions were decidedly mixed — for a song titled “Breakneck Speed”, it’s rather long by Tokyo Police Club standards, and it’s missing some of the frenetic energy (and pounding drumming) that characterized their previous efforts. The first few notes also sound suspiciously like the opening notes to Limp Bizkit’s cover of ‘Mission Impossible’. However, once you stick with the song past :50 seconds, it’s a grower (especially the chorus, in which Dave Monks matches his falsetto with Josh Hook’s guitar).

My final verdict: 3 out of 5. If you don’t like Tokyo Police Club, you probably won’t like this track. However, feel free to voice your objection by ripping off the absurd name and forming a rival ‘club.’

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poweroftheweez
03.29.10
saw these kids open for weezer a couple years ago.not bad.

SeaAnemone
03.29.10
looking forward to this a lot... underrated band.

Minus The Flair
03.29.10
underrated band indeed. for some weird reason i still listen to elephant shell and for some weird reason i still love it.

tracks pretty good.

silverleaves
03.29.10
good song, they've been playing it live for a while

SeaAnemone
03.29.10
I like their older stuff the best, but Elephant Shell has some catchy goodness on it that's hard to deny.

silverleaves
03.30.10
ya, a lesson in crime is way better than elephant shell, though its still good

Oceanus
03.30.10
Something about this band just seems so unassuming and honest. This song feels like a logical direction for them to take, and I'm excited to hear some more new stuff. I liked A Lesson in Crime for its brevity, and I think the most memorable song from Elephant Shell was Tessellate.

mx
03.30.10
Agreed that 'Tessellate' is exceptional, also 'In A Cave' and 'Juno'

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