It’s no question that Tokyo Police Club is one of the hardest working bands today. Since the release of their second full-length studio album Champ they’ve been turning it out fast, first with the re-release of Champ which included remixes and new tracks and now with their newest album 10x10x10 (10 Songs |10 Years | 10 Days) – a cover album – set to drop next Tuesday.
If I were Leah Miller I could sum up this record in one annoying sentence – at times [the band] “was completely out of their genre but the audience loved it”. Though there’s truth to this statement, the tracks on the record say so much more for the band. Let me break it down for you.
Throughout the duration of this album Tokyo Police Club takes the listener back in time through the 2000s, exploring a number of different genres in the process. Kicking off the record (and setting a high standard for the songs to come) is Moby’s Southside originally featuring Gwen Stefani. A shiny-headed Moby is replaced by shaggy-haired Graham Wright creating perfect juxtaposition between his vocals and smooth bass lines while managing to retain all the sex appeal of the original. Adding to this contrast is M83’s Morgan Kibby playing the role of Gwen Stefani. This is the first time the band has incorporated female backup vocals and while I wouldn’t want to mess up their unique sound, I wouldn’t be opposed if they went co-ed from time to time.