Tokyo Police Club

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Tokyo Police Club
From left to right: Josh Hook, David Monks, Greg Alsop, and Graham Wright in 2014.
From left to right: Josh Hook, David Monks, Greg Alsop, and Graham Wright in 2014.
Background information
OriginNewmarket, Ontario, Canada
GenresIndie rock, post-punk revival, alternative rock
Years active2005–present
LabelsUniversal Music Canada
Paper Bag
Memphis Industries
Saddle Creek
Dew Process
Mom + Pop Music
Dine Alone Records (Canada)
MembersDavid Monks
Graham Wright
Josh Hook
Greg Alsop

Tokyo Police Club is an indie rock band from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 2005, it consists of vocalist and bassist Dave Monks, keyboardist Graham Wright, guitarist Josh Hook, and drummer Greg Alsop.[1] The band found early success with their 2007 debut EP A Lesson in Crime, which they followed with several popular releases including the albums Elephant Shell and Champ in 2008 and 2010, respectively. During the 2010s, they released three other studio albums. Among other nominations, the band has been twice nominated for the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year, in 2011 for Champ and in 2019 for TPC.


2005–2007: Formation and early years[edit]

David Monks (born January 21, 1987), Graham Wright (born February 16, 1987), Josh Hook (born May 11, 1987), and Greg Alsop (born March 20, 1985) grew up and attended school together in Newmarket, Ontario.[1][2] In high school, the four played in a band called Suburbia which eventually disbanded. In 2004, the group informally came together again to form Tokyo Police Club;[3] the name of the band comes from a 2000s-era online Band Name Generator.[2]

Early on, the band played some small shows in the Toronto area. Tokyo Police Club were asked to play in the Pop Montreal festival,[4] and soon after they signed with Toronto label Paper Bag Records; Monks and Alsop dropped out of college to become professional musicians.[5]

The band released its debut EP, A Lesson in Crime, in 2006 on Paper Bag Records. The recording was less than seventeen minutes long, and some of the songs were quite short.[6] That year they appeared at Edgefest and the inaugural Osheaga Festival.

The Smith EP was released in 2007. During a July show in Omaha, Nebraska, the band signed a deal with Saddle Creek Records which would release their debut LP.[7] The single "Your English Is Good" was released in July and later included on their album Elephant Shell.[8] That year the band performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, the Glastonbury Festival, and the Reading and Leeds Festival.

2008–2012: Debut record and successful follow-up[edit]

In 2008, Tokyo Police Club released their first album, Elephant Shell,[9] first via the US iTunes Store on March 25, 2008, and then on their new label Saddle Creek in April in North America, and in May in the U.K. and Continental Europe via Memphis Industries.[10] In the same year, the band played the Roskilde Festival, the Rock am Ring-Festival, and Street Scene. In the fall, they played on the last six weeks of Weezer's Troublemaker Tour along with Angels and Airwaves.

In 2010, the band played the Bonnaroo Music Festival. They also played at San Francisco's 2010 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. Their second full-length album, Champ, was released in June; it was produced by Rob Schnapf.[11] That fall the album appeared on the !Earshot National Top 50 Chart.[12]

On March 27, 2011, Tokyo Police Club performed their single "Bambi" at the 40th Juno Awards in Toronto. In June, the video for "Wait Up (Boots of Danger)" was nominated as best indie video of the year by MuchMusic. The video was directed by Mike Juneau and Kyle McCreight, and produced by Jesse Ewles and Chris Cunningham. In 2011, the band also released 10 Days. 10 Covers. 10 Years., a project in which they recorded and released a new cover song from each of the previous 10 years, from 2001 to 2010.

In December 2011, the band performed an unreleased song "Beaches" at a live show. In 2012, they joined Foster the People on the North American portion of their Torches tour along with Kimbra. While continuing to work with the band, Wright also hosted programming on CBC Radio 3.[citation needed]

2013–present: New albums and anniversaries[edit]

After a prolific period, the band was relatively quiet from late 2012 until December 2013, when the band debuted a nine-minute lyric video for "Argentina (Pts. I, II, and III)" on YouTube.[13] Both "Beaches" and "Argentina" are on their album Forcefield which was released March 24, 2014. In July the band performed at the 2014 Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta. The band also recorded two songs for the Daytrotter Sessions, which were released online.[14]

In 2016, the band released their Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness project, consisting of two companions EPs titled Part One and Part Two. The two were later combined and formally released as a full length LP of the same name. The EPs celebrated a more spontaneous recording ethos, similar to their early albums. With this same celebratory nature, the band also released an expanded tenth anniversary edition of A Lesson in Crime that year.

Tokyo Police Club continued to record in 2018 in preparation for a fourth album.[15] They released TPC on October 5, 2018 and received a Juno nomination for Alternative Album of the Year.[16] A companion EP titled TPC DLX was released in October 2020, made up of tracks from the TPC recording sessions and acoustic versions of songs.[17]

In December 2020, the band announced that they would be releasing a special tenth anniversary edition of their album Champ, slated for release in March 2021. With this announcement, the band released the single "Hundred Dollar Day."[18]


On April 19, 2007, Tokyo Police Club made their first US TV performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. They played their single "Nature of the Experiment", along with a tambourine accompaniment by the CBS Orchestra. A year later the band made a second appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing the lead single "Tessellate" off their debut LP Elephant Shell.

On November 16, 2008 they appeared on the television show "Desperate Housewives" in the episode "City on Fire" as "Cold Splash", a band competing in a battle-of-the-bands contest. They performed "In A Cave" from their album Elephant Shell. A month later they played "Your English is Good" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. On June 28, 2010 they appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing the single "Wait Up (Boots of Danger)" off of their second album, Champ.


  • Dave Monks – lead vocals, bass guitar, guitar (2004–present)
  • Graham Wright – keyboards, guitar, vocals (2004–present)
  • Josh Hook – guitar (2004–present)
  • Greg Alsop – drums, percussion (2004–present)


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions

Elephant Shell 10 128 106 17
Champ 19 186 59 6
Forcefield 17 120 25
Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness: Parts One & Two
  • Released: September 26, 2016
  • Label: Dine Alone
  • Format: LP, digital
  • Compilation album; combined EPs of the same name
  • Released: October 5, 2018
  • Label: Dine Alone
  • Format: LP, CD, digital
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Companion albums[edit]

  • Tokyo Police Club (self-released, 2005) (A Lesson in Crime/Smith EP demos)
  • Tokyo Police Club Remixes (Memphis, 2007) (A Lesson in Crime remixes)
  • Elephant Shell Remixes (Saddle Creek, 2008)
  • A Lesson in Crime / Smith EP (Paper Bag, 2016) (compilation album)
  • Church Demos (self-released, 2020)[23] (TPC demos)
  • TPC DLX (Dine Alone, 2020)

Cover albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live From Soho EP (Paper Bag, 2007)
  • Eight Songs Live (Dine Alone, 2018)


Title Album details
A Lesson in Crime
Smith EP
Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness: Part One
  • Released: February 19, 2016
  • Label: Dine Alone
  • Format: CD, digital
Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness: Part Two
  • Released: September 23, 2016
  • Label: Dine Alone
  • Format: CD, digital


Title Year Peak chart positions Album





"Nature of the Experiment" 2006 32 A Lesson in Crime
"Cheer It On" 2007 75 49
"Citizens of Tomorrow"
"Your English Is Good" 39 61 Elephant Shell
"Tessellate" 2008 63 29 93 82
"In a Cave"
"Breakneck Speed" 2010 Champ
"Wait Up (Boots of Danger)" 7 34
"Bambi" 5 30 89
"Favourite Colour" 2011 12 32
"Hot Tonight" 2014 7 17 137 Forcefield
"Tunnel Vision" 20
"Gonna Be Ready" 2015 36
"Not My Girl" 2016 8 17 Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness Pt 1
"My House" 12 24 Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness Pt 2
"New Blues" 2018 45 TPC
"Hercules" 25 24
"Simple Dude"[31] 30
"Hundred Dollar Day" 2020 Champ (10th Anniversary Edition)
"Gone (Matt and Kim Remix)" 2021
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Solo projects[edit]

In November 2008, Tokyo Police Club keyboardist Graham Wright released a solo EP called The Lakes of Alberta online only, available as a free download. He has also participated in a project called "Novels" with musicians Luke Lalonde (of Born Ruffians), Will Currie (of Will Currie & The Country French), Dean Marino (of Papermaps), and Jay Sadlowski (of Jay Sad) in which these musicians wrote and recorded an entire EP in 24 hours. The CDs were not released in stores, nor on the internet, but were given out to random people or placed in random places.[32] His debut solo album, Shirts vs Skins, was released on June 27, 2010. Greg Alsop has posted comedy sketch videos online, Drumsters and Novelty T-Shirt College as well as a song titled ' Losing Our Heads' in 2013 for the Versus Valerie Season One soundtrack.[33]

In June 2015, lead singer Dave Monks released his first solo EP on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play called "All Signs Point to Yes", with two singles having been released prior to the release of the album. The album "On a Wave" followed in 2019.[34] As of 2018 Dave Monks is also a member of the Canadian supergroup Anyway Gang, releasing its self titled album in November 2019.[35] On June 24 2020, Monks released a new EP titled On a Wave Goes Wild.[36]


Year Association Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2007 MTVu Woodie Awards Best Emerging Artist Tokyo Police Club Nominated [37]
2007 MuchMusic Video Awards Best Independent Video "Cheer It On" Nominated
2008 Juno Awards Video of the Year "Cheer It On" Nominated [38]
2009 Juno Awards Group of the Year Tokyo Police Club Nominated
2011 Juno Awards Alternative Album of the Year Champ Nominated
2011 MuchMusic Video Awards Indie Video of the Year "Wait Up (Boots of Danger)" Nominated
2014 MuchMusic Video Awards Rock/Alternative Video of the Year "Hot Tonight" Nominated
Post-Production of the Year Nominated
2019 Juno Awards Alternative Album of the Year TPC Nominated [38]


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