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Tokyo Police Club’s Dave Monks shares sophomore solo album ‘I’ve Always Wanted To Be Me’

Tokyo Police Club frontman Dave Monks is back with his sophomore solo album, I’ve Always Wanted To Be Me.

The new album is out via Ghost Pepper Records. It features a whole slew of previously released singles like “Can’t Put My Fire Out,” “Don’t Get Pushed Around,” “Change Your Mind,” “Sweet,” and “Love.” The vulnerable new record sees Monks opening up and offering insight into what makes him who he is.

“If you’re like me, then you’re never quite the same person from one day to the next,” Monks explains. “Your personality is more of an ever-changing kaleidoscope of ‘yous’ than something set in stone. I’ve embraced that for myself with this album of unlikely outliers, who are stylistically all over the map, but find a weird cohesion in their differentness. There’s so much exciting new territory in it and releasing it feels like turning a new page.”

Stream I’ve Always Wanted To Be Me below.
 

 
“I’ve never been the sci-fi post-punker from TPC or the steel-string troubadour from my early solo records,” Monks adds. “If I was, I think my creative energy would have died out. It keeps renewing itself though because I’m someone who’s always excited about a new direction. For me this album and the sum of its parts are a discovery of that bigger and truer sense of ‘me.’ The title which came from a dream and stuck, could be charmed reaction upon realizing that. Like I’ve just heard the final masters and blurt out, ‘Well, good! I’ve always wanted to be me!'”

Revisit the tracklist for I’ve Always Wanted To Be Me below.
 

I’ve Always Wanted To Be Me Tracklist:

01 – “Love”
02 – “Set Yourself On Fire”
03 – “Wild Like Me”
04 – “Change Your Mind”
05 – “Sweet”
06 – “Stuck”
07 – “Girl Of Mine”
08 – “Vagabonds”
09 – “Don’t Get Pushed Around (feat. Shad)”
10 – “Oh Boy”
11 – “Days That I’m Around”
12 – “Can’t Put My Fire Out”
13 – “Deeper Than You Know”
14 – “No Stranger”

Lead photo courtesy of Calm Elliot Armstrong.

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