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Tokyo Police Club
Smith EP (digital-only)
Paper Bag Records, 2007
Genre: Indie Rock

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Rating:

As we anxiously await a full release from Tokyo Police Club, the boys decided to throw us this little digital bone. When I say little I mean little; the Smith EP only clocks in at a mere 7:49, roughly half the length of their first EP A Lesson in Crime.

Out of the three tracks in this release, there is only one new song... which, oddly enough, shares the name of their first EP. The first song, “Box”, was originally released as the b-side to “Nature of the Experiment” in the UK. “Cut Cut Paste”, the second song, was a bonus track on the vinyl release of A Lesson in Crime. Both of these tracks are your standard Tokyo Police Club songs, catchy and raw indie rock.

The reality is that by now the majority of Tokyo Police Club fans will have already heard these first tracks. The song that most probably haven’t heard until now, unless they got their hands on the tour EP, is “A Lesson in Crime”. It is also the most surprising as it ends the EP with a somber piano ballad. “A Lesson in Crime” is an unexpected treat that shows these guys can do more than hook you in with their infectious guitar and keyboard driven rock.

At this point in time there just hasn’t been a Tokyo Police Club song released that hasn’t been good. With the amount of buzz around a band that has only 10 officially released studio tracks out there, I see either a big future or a quick crash and burn. Their fate is ultimately going to be decided by that ever-elusive first full length.

Reviewed by: Tom Gilbert

 

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