What do you get when you combine clever wordplay, bouncy riffs, and the catchy pop melodies? You get Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Part 1), the latest EP from Canadian indie rock outfit Tokyo Police Club. The EP is the follow-up to 2014’s highly successful Forcefield, and is the first of two EPs that will be released sometime this year. According to the band, the recording of this EP was far more spontaneous than on Forcefield, with lead vocalist/bassist Dave Monks describing the results as the band “capturing the moment and being ourselves.” Incidentally, the album comes just in time for the 10th anniversary of their debut EP A Lesson In Crime, and in a lot of ways, it harkens back to that era in the band’s catalogue.
The EP includes five songs, two of which have been released as singles (“Not My Girl” and “PCH”). Ranging from garage pop gems like “Losing You” that explore the anxiety-inducing moments and insecurities of dating to the indie rock falsetto, keyboards and bass-driven verses of “Please Don’t Let Me Down”, this EP combines all of the things that I love about Tokyo Police Club. On Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Part 1), the band has put together some of their simplest, and yet most personally engaging material in a while. It’s not necessarily stripped down (see the synths on “The Ocean”, for example), but the writing seems to be much more straightforward and teeming with raw energy.
You’re probably going to want to see these songs live (and you should!) after listening to this album, so be sure to grab tickets to one of their three scheduled shows in Ontario: Hamilton for two nights at The Casbah on April 15 and 16, and then in Kitchener for KOI Fest at the Parking Lot in June. Check full dates here.
4 out of 5 stars
Dine Alone Records
Must-Listen Tracks: “Not My Girl”, “Losing You”
Buy Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Part 1) on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/melon-collie-infinite-radness/id1089754501