Inquiring Minds

Tokyo Police Club Enter Indie Big Leagues With Champ

Though Ontario indie-rockers Tokyo Police Club might still technically be considered wet behind the ears in terms of age, their notable résumé and relentless work ethic speak a different story. Forming in 2005 after disbanding their previous group, Suburbia, the foursome, then between 18 and 19 years old, played songs in their basement for fun, before gaining some buzz around their hometown.

TPC's full-length debut, Elephant Shell, was released in 2008 to favorable reviews, many citing the band's knack for penning quick, post-punk pop tunes; but it was their sophomore release, 2010's Champ, on which the band, though still fresh-faced and youthful, reveal they are climbing out of the confines of ageism and expectancy and stepping into a spotlight all their own.

The band, currently on tour in support of Champ, plays tonight at Warehouse Live, and Rocks Off spoke with the TPC guitarist Josh Hook about their journey and future plans.

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