Tokyo Police Club has emerged out of a crowded Canadian music scene due in no small part to their catchy song structures and flair for independence. The band released two critically acclaimed EPs, one in 2006 and one in 2007, and the major labels sought them out, hoping to land what many deemed as the next Strokes or Death Cab for Cutie. But instead of succumbing to major-label money and heavily-promoted pressure, the band took a much different route, releasing their debut full-length, Elephant Shell, on Omaha-based independent label Saddle Creek, home to acts the likes of Bright Eyes and Cursive.
Tokyo Police Club certainly have been spreading some right words of their own thus far, selling out several shows on their winter tour. Their artistic integrity and fierce autonomy are certainly breathing fresh air into the youthful music scene they inhabit. Let’s hope they keep forging their own path, and those independents out there will undoubtedly continue to bring their support.
They play 8 p.m. at the Mad Hatter with Harlem Shakes and Ruby Coast. Read an interview with the band here.