Tokyo Police Club Share Previously Unreleased Fan Favorite "Top 5" In Advance Of Champ 10 Tour Kicking Off This Week - @TokyoPoliceClub


Tokyo Police Club Share Previously Unreleased Fan Favorite "Top 5" In Advance Of Champ 10 Tour Kicking Off This Week

 Tokyo Police Club will kick off their Champ 10 tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed and beloved sophomore album, this week with three sold-out, hometown performances in Toronto. Today, they share a newly recorded Champ-era single, “Top 5.” Watch + share the video via YouTube. Champ was issued for the first time on vinyl, along with an expanded digital version this past March– distributed via Mom + Pop (US/Mex./Aus.), Dine Alone (Can.) and Memphis Industries (UK/EU). 

Discussing “Top 5” guitarist/keyboardist Graham Wright noted, "‘Top 5’ is the closest thing we have to a 'much sought after fan favourite unreleased track'. Ever since we did it on Daytrotter way back when, people have been asking for an official release, but even though it's been floating around since before ‘Elephant Shell’ we never recorded it properly!

For a long time, we assumed that the ship had sailed - our style and approach had evolved, and it can feel surprisingly hard to convincingly recapture an old vibe! But we found ourselves with some studio time recently, and we decided to try the novel approach of ‘playing the song like we wrote it’. Lo and behold, there it was! It had been waiting for us the whole time, and we thank it for its patience. It ended up being the best of both worlds - our old 2010s was still there, preserved in amber, and we got to use all the new tricks we’ve learned since then too. 10 years of Tokyo Police Club in one bite sized, 3-minute package!”

Long-time music critic and Executive Editor at Talkhouse, Josh Modell, offered his take on this anniversary revisit of Champ…

I wish I had listened longer and more closely to Champ when it first came out, even though I loved it plenty then. It’s revealing and special in ways that aren’t readily apparent, and when you’re a band known for immediacy and energy, that can be either flummoxing or easy to miss. It’s an easy record to really like after a couple of spins — but if that’s where you stop, you’ve missed something.

The layers are there on Champ, and there quite consciously. The band scrapped an entire early version of the record because it didn’t sound as big as they’d hoped it would. They knew they had the stuff to ride a longer wave, to take that youthful energy and shape it for their evolving tastes. There was no reason other than fate or luck that they shouldn’t find themselves on the same path to medium-sized arenas as their sorta-contemporaries like Vampire Weekend or Passion Pit.

It wasn’t to be—not exactly anyway. And now with the resurgence of vinyl re-pressings we get to face Champ a decade later and maybe a little bit wiser. The way I figure it, you’ve got two choices: You could celebrate your early-adopter status, patting yourself on the back for getting it right the first time around—for peeling back the layers and soaking in their majesty. Or you could let the scales fall from your eyes and recognize Champ as a lost classic of new-millennium indie-pop, hoisting it to the special place in your collection—physically or mentally—that you keep the good stuff.

After all, “Boots of Danger,” the single, is every bit as catchy as the Strokes’ “Last Nite,” though it trades New York cool for youthful Ontario exuberance. And it’s not just the hits that drive Champ: Its bench is deep, from the insistent, twitchily bouncer “Big Difference” to the somber sorta-ballad “Hands Reversed,” which could be a cousin to the best Walkmen songs. And even if you’re one of the smart ones that knows every song by heart and understands every nostalgic turn of phrase and sneaky melody, this new Champ features a song you’ve never heard before: The jaunty “Hundred Dollar Day,” encased in amber for the past decade, appears here for the very first time.

Tokyo Police Club couldn’t help but show how much fun they were having, even as their songs took a more layered turn, both musically and lyrically. With aloofness the order of the day, maybe they were just born at the wrong moment. It doesn’t matter now, of course; what matters is this glowing, glorious batch of songs, eager for your ears for the first time or the thousandth. I’m glad for you either way.

Champwas recorded in Los Angeles with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith).

Tour Dates [tickets here]:

10/21-23 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

10/25 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch

10/26 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

10/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry

10/28 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

10/30 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre

11/02 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile

11/03 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

11/05 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

11/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

11/07 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

11/08 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

11/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

11/12 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

11/13 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn

11/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

11/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

11/18 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

11/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

11/20 – Washington DC @ Union Stage

Tokyo Police Club Share Previously Unreleased Fan Favorite "Top 5" In Advance Of Champ 10 Tour Kicking Off This Week - @TokyoPoliceClub Tokyo Police Club Share Previously Unreleased Fan Favorite "Top 5" In Advance Of Champ 10 Tour Kicking Off This Week - @TokyoPoliceClub Reviewed by FADED4U on October 19, 2021 Rating: 5

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