Tokyo Police Club – “Breakneck Speed” (Stereogum Premiere)

jessica | March 26, 2010 - 1:20 pm

It’s been a minute since we heard from Tokyo Police Club, last seen appearing on Desperate Housewives back in 2008. They’ve been touring, writing, and recording (both together and with others) since then. This month they finished mixing their second album, and are offering up a sample while it’s being mastered. The album will be called Champ, and according to singer/bassist Dave Monks, it’ll have “… eleven songs, a Disney character, fuzzy bits, Canadian spelling, hockey sound effects, me singing the lowest note in my range, one (1) saxophone note.” It’ll also have this track. The title is misleading, “Breakneck Speed”‘s speed is languorous compared to their earliest tracks. Wistful and ambiguous, it simultaneously yearns for “the big bad years” of youthful recklessness, and seems relieved that they’re over. It all depends on whether you think Monks is always singing “It’s good to be back” or if he switches to “It’s good to be bad.” Have a listen:

Tokyo Police Club – “Breakneck Speed”

Download it:

Tokyo Police Club - Press 2010

Champ is out 6/8 via Mom + Pop/Memphis Industries. Mom + Pop also recently signed Sleigh Bells.

Tour dates:
04/06 – Waterloo, ON @ Starlight
04/07 – St. Catharines, ON @ Isaacs Bar and Grill
04/08 – Hamilton, ON @ Rokbar
04/09 – Peterborough, ON @ The Red Dog
04/17 – Indio, CA (Coachella)
04/27 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
05/29 – Neustrelitz, Germany (Immergut Festival)
05/30 – Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel und Gefaehrlich
05/31 – Berlin, Germany @ Lido
06/01 – Koln, Germany @ Luxor
06/02 – Munich, Germany @ 59:1
06/04 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
06/05 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique/Witloof Bar
06/07 – Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge
06/08 – London, UK @ Scala
06/09 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle #
06/11 – Manchester, TN (Bonnaroo)
06/12 – Orlando, FL @ Club at Firestone #
06/13 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore #
06/14 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor #
06/16 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues #
06/17 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live #
06/18 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s #
06/19 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s #
06/21 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom #
06/23 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant #
06/25 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater #
06/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center #
06/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell #
06/30 – New York, NY @ Governor’s Island #

# w/ Passion Pit