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Newmarket, ON, Canada (2005 – present)

Tokyo Police Club are an band from Newmarket, ON, Canada. The band consists of Dave Monks (vocals, bass), Josh Hook (guitar, percussion), Graham Wright (keyboards, guitar, vocals) & Greg Alsop (drums, percussion).

In 2005, Tokyo Police Club started by accident one day in the ordinary suburb of Newmarket when Greg, Josh, Dave, and Graham decided that they missed playing music together, their previous band having broken up several months before. The four gathered in Josh’s basement, plugging in instruments and making up songs almost at random, with no goal but to recapture the magic that they felt making music together. By the time summer came, TPC had quietly begun playing shows in the Toronto area, shows at which the very few people in attendance seemed impressed by what they saw. The band seemed likely to end here, with the various members preparing to go their separate ways in the fall, when fate intervened in the form of an invitation to play the Pop Montreal festival. Packing their instruments and girlfriends into a tiny university residence room, TPC spent a week immersed in music, spending days lazily wandering the streets of Montreal and nights rehearsing loudly in the tiniest of spaces, and topping it off in style with a sold out show that saw the band play for the first time to an audience that was actually interested. A few weeks later, all four had agreed that it was time to break their mothers’ hearts and pursue that most elusive of pipe dreams: a career in the music business.

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  • wombgarden

    The evolution of this band has been no less than disappointing. The new album is so...bubblegum pop top 40 hits-ish. What happened guys?

    13 Oct 5:54pm Reply
  • joshuak89

    Forcefield definitely isn't their best album, but compared to some of the other shit that came out this year it's gold.

    29 Aug 12:54pm Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    hurr durr i like it when bands release the same album 50 times

    26 Aug 4:03am Reply
  • Amnesius

    To say they "spiced up their sound" with Forcefield is basically the opposite of the truth FFS.

    12 Jul 7:26pm Reply
  • Amnesius

    bekkermarton addresses just one aspect of TPC's dismal metamorphosis into the grotesque backwash they have become. 10 thumbs down to the latest album.

    12 Jul 7:25pm Reply
  • in_redbluegreen

    Nice

    26 Jun 10:51pm Reply
  • bekkermarton

    is there anyone else here who feels as if there was a new singer on the new album? just not the same, not the same at all. less playful, not that versatile, almost even boring.

    26 Jun 8:19pm Reply
  • HighOnSunday51

    Forcefield is still unreal. Album of the summer.

    31 May 10:24pm Reply
  • ItsLuizzHolmez

    come a long way since a lesson in crime.

    31 May 4:10pm Reply
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    13 May 12:21pm Reply
  • himay333

    Forcefield has grown on me. I absolutely love it now. Toy Guns, Argentina, and Miserable are ridiculously good, and the rest are completely solid as well.

    9 May 5:46pm Reply
  • Labelscar

    wow i can't believe that there's anyone who doesn't like this new album. i was honestly surprised by how great it is

    29 Apr 2:27am Reply
  • HighOnSunday51

    I agree with the poster below. I fucking love the album and it's amazing live. I actually love every song on it and I've even a huge fan since I saw them play live for A Lesson in Crime.

    26 Apr 3:39pm Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    Why the hell is Forcefield getting so much hate? It's not even that bad. Like oh no a band tried to spice up the way they sound by trying something new instead of making the same album 10 times! The agony!

    24 Apr 10:04pm Reply
  • rhcpkicks1

    NEW ALBUM SUCKS!

    21 Apr 11:12pm Reply
  • Sateloista

    Have to saw that Forcefield is growing on me. It's not nearly as good as Elephant Shell or especially Champ, but it has some pretty solid songs on it. Seeing them live again next month because they kicked ass when I saw them while they were touring after Champ, and I'm getting a lot more excited for it.

    21 Apr 9:52pm Reply
  • Coma_tose

    why I have not heard you before? i'm so slow! wow wow wow

    20 Apr 4:35pm Reply
  • HeyJeremyC

    Argentina (Parts I, II, III) is the magnum opus of TPC.

    17 Apr 3:51pm Reply
  • Element_X

    look at these hipsters.

    14 Apr 6:29pm Reply
  • smthblue

    sux

    8 Apr 11:50am Reply
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