Tokyo Police Club ‎– A Lesson In Crime/Smith EP - 2006 Indie Rock Silver LP EP

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Tokyo Police Club ‎– A Lesson In Crime/Smith EP

Paper Bag Records ‎– PAPER020LPB
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Silver
25 Nov 2016
Electronic, Rock
Indie Rock



A1 Cheer It On
A2 Nature Of The Experiment
A3 Citizens Of Tomorrow
A4 Shoulders & Arms
A5 If It Works
A6 Be Good
A7 La Ferrassie

B1 Box
B2 Cut Cut Paste
B3 A Lesson In Crime
B4 Be Good (RAC Remix)

Drums – Greg Alsop
Guitar – Joshua Hook*
Keyboards, Vocals – Graham Wright (2)
Vocals, Bass – David Monks*
Record Store Day Black Friday 2016 limited pressing of 400 copies.

'A Lesson in Crime' 10th annivesary edition. The first time that Smith EP is both on vinyl and also the first time that the two EPs exist as a consolidated release - they were previously released as separate, standalone products.

" Everything from the cool apocolyptic story, instrumentation and voices in this album are great. The whole thing comes together to be easy for even casual music fans. Nothing elitist ala 5 minutes of distortion in Sonic Youth/V. Underground.

I have trouble comparing them because, in my opinion, they have quite a unique sound. Maybe "Lonesome Crowded west" era modest mouse, but not quite as heavy.

It's nigh on impossible to review a young, indie rock band anymore without referencing their predecessors, their colleagues who have created the anxiety of influence. Here, David Monks' voice, combined with Joshua Hook's compressed-spray on guitar, certainly conjure early Strokes, but then comparisons just fall short. 

Tokyo Police Club's command of multiple tempos and rhythmic palettes sets up spacey atmospheres to tumble through, with a hefty blast at their beck and call. There's a languid undertow here, Monks pulling you in with a slow, warm-water voice only to let his pals bludgeon you with just-so rhythms that, even in flight, last a sharp, fast two minutes on average.

The standout hit here is "The Nature of The Experiment." It's got some great male and female vocal interplay for the chorus, a bouncy bass line that bounces all the way through, kicking it off with an infectious, "GO!" Good stuff. Another highlight is "Shoulders and Arms,"--a song that features some 80's synth and nice rim shot understated drums. And then there is the song, "Be Good," which has the same ubiquitous drum line but includes some great fast shot vocals"

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Condition New
Format LP, EP , 12
Label Paper Bag Records
Color Black