Listen to Tokyo Police Club's Champ Now on Exclaim.ca

Listen to Tokyo Police Club's <i>Champ</i> Now on Exclaim.ca
Technically speaking, Champ is Tokyo Police Club's second LP; their first, Elephant Shell, was released in 2008. Most fans will probably think of the record as their third, however, as their 2006 EP, A Lesson in Crime, earned the group a rabid following and propelled them to two years of world tours. With the challenges of a sophomore album already behind them, Tokyo Police Club are back with their most consistent and uplifting effort yet.

Champ isn't due out until June 8 via Dine Alone/Mom + Pop, but you can listen to the whole thing now right here on Exclaim.ca.

The 11-song collection was recorded in L.A. with Elliott Smith producer Rob Schnapf. During the sessions, Tokyo Police Club soaked up the sunny California vibes, resulting in some of the catchiest, most upbeat songs of their career. And with the band at their poppy best, most tracks downplay skittish post-punk in favour of soaring melodies and straight-ahead rock grooves.

These upbeat arrangements are tempered by wistfully nostalgic lyrics, as front-man Dave Monks frequently sets his sights on old friends and past loves. Fans who fell for the album's slow-burning first single "Breakneck Speed," with its recollections of being "At the movies, drunk and young," will find plenty to love here.

If you're still on the lookout for album of the summer, this could be it.

To read Dave Monks's thoughts on the album, check out his recent interview with Exclaim! And be sure to catch the band on tour this year, when they'll traverse across North America and hit up the odd European summer festival. You can check out all the group's dates here

Champ will be streaming on Exclaim.ca until June 7.

Stay tuned for these future full album streams on Exclaim.ca:

Against Me! White Crosses June 8 to June 14
Gaslight Anthem American Slang June 15 to June 21
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