The Spinners

♪ Breakneck Speed (Tokyo Police Club, 2010) ♪

In Canadian, Indie Rock, Richard Bolisay, Track Reviews on April 11, 2010 at 8:46 am

Arguably the best lyrics of the past decade come from “Your English is Good”—Oh, give us your vote / Give us your vote / If you know what’s good for you—and if only political jingles were like this, our votes can never be too hard to give.

Tokyo Police Club are back with their second album, Champ, to be released this June, and on their website they are giving away its first single “Breakneck Speed”. Just the thought of them back with another record, two years after the underrated but awesomely crafted Elephant Shell, is enough to excite, but with the look and sound of “Breakneck Speed”—longer than any of their previous songs (clocking in at 3:45), additional verses armed with a rather layered instrumentation—there seem to be other unknown things to look forward to. With this early treat, fans already have something to wet themselves with: the youthful ambiguity, the wistful beats, the pretty loneliness of remembering—running, forest fires underneath your bed—and that fall into a netherland of possibilities.

It’s good to be back, it’s good to be back, Dave Monks sings. And it really is, it really is. Can’t wait.

– Richard Bolisay

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