Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Big Difference” by Tokyo Police Club from their 2010 album Champ on Memphis Industries.
Ontario Canada’s Tokyo Police Club are one of those bands made for the kids, and at barely twenty something themselves they seem perfectly fit to deliver them the latest hip post-punk/pop message. Their debut EP, A Lesson in Crime, raised some early heads before the release of their critically acclaimed full length album, Elephant Shell, in 2008. The years that followed must have felt like a blur for the band with big tours and big national television appearances keeping them constantly busy. With everything else going on, it’s no wonder they waited for two years on a new album. Their latest release, Champ, is a welcome step forward and a reminiscent look back. The trademark quick-tempo and energy is all still there, eliciting thoughts of similar bands like We Are Scientists or Maximo Park, but it’s the sizzle and polish on their latest album that shows just how much this band has grown up over the past few years.
Today’s featured selection, “Big Difference,” is a ripping example of a Tokyo Police Club song, complete with trademark synths and punishing bass lines over a thought-provoking sing-along chorus “and that’s why I can’t send you Christmas cards.” If this doesn’t have you tapping your fingers, you need to check your pulse.
The band (as expected) is currently on tour and is scheduled to play at Neumo’s in Seattle on August 16th. You can follow the band on Twitter or check out their website and listen to additional songs on their MySpace page.
Check out this fun video for the song “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)” from Champ: