Canadian indie rockers Tokyo Police Club returned this past spring with Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness, Pt. 1, a new five-track EP and their follow-up to 2014’s Forcefield album. The second installment in the series is already on the horizon, and while it doesn’t feature any members of Smashing Pumpkins, it does boast former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij.
Since leaving Ezra Koenig and the rest of his Columbia University cohorts earlier this year, Batmanglij has kept busy with solo and collaborative work as well as guest songwriting and production duties for the likes of Bon Iver and Kanye West (“Friends”), Wavves and Cloud Nothings (“I Find”), and Santigold. He lends similar talents to “My House”, the lead single off Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness, Pt. 2, a track whose stout riffs stomp and chug along before giving way to a sweeping, panoramic chorus.
“’Any old day now…’ is one of the most fun lines to sing,” TPC’s own Dave Monks tells Consequence of Sound. “All that snarl, and the lyric is so confrontational. From the demo to the mix, we kept walking the line between trashy and beautiful. There are some really abrasive sounds but also some sweet and soaring melodies. We wanted to see how far we could take it in each direction.”
In an additional statement, Monks recalled how “My House” was born:
“It came together spontaneously, in fits and spurts, starting with ‘My House.’ I wrote this one with my friend Rostam, and I think it embodies the spontaneous nature of the whole EP. Rostam and I have been trading ideas and jamming since we met back in 2007 when both our bands were just babies (and Vampire Weekend opened for us at a little club in Boston!). One day last year when he stopped by my house (no pun intended) to hang, he picked up a guitar and I started singing melodies. In 10 minutes, we had the skeleton of this song.”
Stream the track below.
Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness, Pt. 2 officially arrives on September 23rd. In support, the band will be touring North America all this fall.
“My House” Artwork:
Tokyo Police Club 2016 Tour Dates:
09/10 – Toronto, ON @ Indie88’s 3rd Birthday Party
09/22 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
09/23 – Cincinnati, OH @ MidPoint Music Festival
09/24 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
09/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
09/27 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
09/28 – Regina, SK @ The Riddell Centre
09/29 – Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s Bar
09/30 – Lethbridge, AB @ Studio Nightclub
10/01 – Nelson, BC @ Spiritbar
10/04 – Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Hall
10/05 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom
10/07 – Calgary, AB @ Flames Central
10/08 – Edmonton, AB @ Up + Downtown Music Festival
11/01 – Ottawa, ON @ The Centrepointe Theatre
11/02 – Oakville, ON @ The Oakville Centre
11/03 – Kingston, ON @ The Grand Theatre
11/04 – Richmond Hill, ON @ Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
11/05 – Burlington, ON @ Burlington Performing Arts Center
11/11 – Chatham-Kent, ON @ Chatham Capitol Theatre