Tokyo Police Club ready new material

They band will record their debut album in June

Tokyo Police Club have started work on their as-yet untitled forthcoming album, which will be their debut full-length release.

The band recently spent a week in a Toronto studio with producer Jon Drew, who produced last year’s ‘A Lesson In Crime’ EP, and have demoed “three or four songs.”

Speaking to NME.COM at Saturday night’s (February 10) Plug Awards in New York, singer Dave Monks revealed the new material is more personal to him than their EP.


“I want it to be more personal and more sincere,” he said. “There’s so much more you can reveal about yourself. The EP was me writing about stuff I thought was cool, this one is more about me. A lot of people who come up with their next effort or their next release, say it’s more mature… I really don’t want this to sound more mature, I think maturity is not the way to go.”

Being tipped as a band to watch meant the band spent much of 2006 on the road, something that Monks felt hampered his ability to write the new material.

“I can’t write on tour,” he admitted “I write when I’m at home. The past year has been really great and thrilling and great in one way but it’s been a barrier between me and writing, all the band seems to do is take me away from writing.”

Having just turned 20 a few weeks ago, Monks told how he spent his last moments as a teenager with acclaimed fellow Canadian exports, Arcade Fire.

“I just went to see Arcade Fire in this little Polish Church in Montreal. My friend said ‘Be at this place at seven o’ clock’. You can take a bus from Toronto to Montreal, it’s only a few hours, so I did that, and it was really great. I’m in a competition with my friend to see who can wear the wristband (from the show) the longest. They rang in my birthday. I just turned 20 that night. My last teen minutes were with the Arcade Fire!”

Tokyo Police Club kick off their UK tour tonight at Club NME at Plug in Sheffield.


They will open for The Maccabees at their Shockwaves NME Awards show on February 27 at KOKO in London.

–By our New York staff.

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