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Artist of the Week: Tokyo Police Club

The Beginning

Tokyo Police Club was born in 2005, a product of basement jam sessions after the four (Dave, Greg, Graham, Josh) ditched their old band Suburbia… We think Tokyo Police Club is a better name too. The guys formed during the most awkward stages of their lives, high school. Not to worry though, their class clown antics live on through social media.

After crushing Newmarket shows, playing bills they didn’t fit for years, they moved into the Toronto scene and were able to sign a deal with Paper Bag records. An accurate representation of what their shows would have looked like back then can be seen below.



After that Dave and Greg made a decision their parents most likely weren’t too thrilled with, they dropped out of college to become full time musicians. Since then they’ve been living the rock n roll life style. A steady string of shows including huge festivals and albums out every couple of years. They celebrated their 10 year anniversary with a covers album Ten days. Ten covers. Ten years. in which we heard them give Miley Cyrus the ‘TPC’ treatment.


Unfortunately after that album was out, unless you had been to a recent live show, you hadn’t got to hear new music till this year. Their long awaited new album Forcefield is out on Tuesday March 25th.


Tokyo Police Club has snagged themselves multiple appearances throughout the late night scene, playing both the Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. They were nominated for Indie Video of the Year at the 2011 MMVAs and they performed the Champs single “Bambi” at the 2011 Juno Awards. They also made their big acting debut as a group playing in a battle of the bands competition on the TV show Desperate Housewives.

A Lesson in Crime (2007)
Smith EP (2007)
Elephant Shell (2008)
Champ (2010)
Ten songs. Ten Days. Ten Years.
Forcefield (2014)


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