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September 17, 2009

Hey friends,

Exciting news in the world of Tokyo Police Club!  We recently wrote our names at the bottom of a piece of paper and in so doing became the newest members of the mom+pop label family.  Somebody went to a lot of trouble to write up a nice press release, so I’ll let that do the explaining, but I do want to say that we’re all crazy excited to be hitching our wagons to this train.  The music industry is in a sort of messy situation these days, which has opened the door for a lot of exciting and unconventional label set ups like mom+pop.  Its really cool to get in on the ground floor of something that we all believe is going to turn out to be pretty special.  Together, we will rule the galaxy.



Here is what the publicity people have to say on the matter:



Tokyo Police Club, the Newmarket Ontario quartet hailed by Rolling Stone as “poised to become the biggest Canadian export since Molson,” have signed an exclusive U.S. recording deal with mom+pop.  The band is currently recording its second full length album, with an expected release projected for early 2010.

Tokyo Police Club is made up of Greg Alsop (drums), Josh Hook (guitar), David Monks (vocals, bass) and Graham Wright (keys/percussion). The band formed in 2005 and released its debut EP A Lesson In Crime the following year to instant and universal acclaim, with Entertainment Weekly raving “we can hardly wait for the full length.” One more EP, a digital-only single and a few laps around the world later, Tokyo Police Club’s debut album, Elephant Shell was released in April 2008. Elephant Shell’s release was preceded by multiple sold out shows in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto, and followed by appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and, oddly enough, Desperate Housewives. Critical response to the full length was even more enthusiastic and diverse, with the likes of GQ (“Strokes-caliber catchiness”), Elle (“a smart, furiously played sugar-rush debut”) and Men’s Health (“an aural adrenaline rush all the way”) all lavishing praise. The band toured relentlessly to support Elephant Shell, appearing in the U.S. as recently as the August 2009 All points West Festival.

mom+pop was formed in 2008 by Cliff Burnstein,  Peter Mensch and Michael Goldstone. Burnstein and Mensch are the owners of Qprime, one of music’s most respected management firms, with a roster featuring the likes of Metallica,  Red Hot Chili Peppers,  Snow Patrol,  Muse,  Silversun Pickups,  and The Mars Volta,  among others. Goldstone is a veteran A&R exec whose most recent tenure at Sire saw him sign Regina Spektor and Tegan and Sara. In August 2008,  he inked Joshua Radin as the first artist on the mom+pop label. Radin’s album, Simple Times, released 21 days later on September 9, has since sold over 100,000 units and 400, 000 tracks. Other mom+pop artists include An Horse, signed to the label  by Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara. mom+pop is a fully staffed label distributed independently by RED.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Valentina permalink
    September 18, 2009 12:09 pm

    Cool beans you guys, I’m super excited for you.
    Now I’m even more excited for your next record.
    Put up more pictures 🙂 Please.

  2. Katie permalink
    September 18, 2009 12:46 pm

    Congrats to you and your band mates!!! I will never forget the times you played at the eggplant cafe!!! Great to see you are doing so well!!!!

  3. Peter permalink
    September 22, 2009 5:16 pm

    So stoked that you guys got signed! I’ve seen you in Philly (hung out at the acoustic session) and here in Dallas twice. You guys deserve everything that’s coming to you and I think your next album is going to rock! Keep up the good work!

  4. September 24, 2009 10:23 am

    i love how consistently you update ur blog!
    Cant wait to hear more music of urs
    cant wait to hear from you!

  5. September 26, 2009 1:01 pm

    I really love when bands I love love other bands I love and you should feel very loved because I love you and lots of others love you too.

    for example…

    so that’s that.

  6. Tami permalink
    October 4, 2009 11:24 pm

    congrats guys!
    and very clever title, we used to have that book,
    but ours was about margaret and god, not a blog,
    but I would much rather read it about a blog anyway.

  7. kiterunner permalink
    October 5, 2009 8:15 pm

    “poised to become the biggest Canadian export since Molson,” ha! well i dont know who this molson fellow is. well i guess i should look him up, one sec. wait, he makes beer? then why would they compare him to you guys. hmmm… one sec. well i just looked up a video of him or something like that on youtube and he put a smile on my face, so hes alright. anyways, to me you guys are already cooler then the coolest person in canada, or america, or anywhere. so when they say “poised to become the biggest Canadian export since Molson,” it makes me laugh cause i already think you guys are the greatest.

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