Sound Tracks: "Hands Reversed" by Tokyo Police Club
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Sound Tracks: “Hands Reversed” by Tokyo Police Club

Believe it or not, music videos still exist. Sound Tracks trolls the internet to find the best and the worst of local artists’ new singles and the good, bad, or otherwise noteworthy visuals that accompany them.

Freshly hip to the fact that you don’t have to spend money on music videos anymore, local indie-pop exports Tokyo Police Club just shook out this tasty lo-fi morsel to keep us Pitchfork-ers wet for their second full-length record, Forthcoming LP (cheeky!).
Filmed on the deck of singer/bassist Dave Monks’ Toronto apartment (ladies, ignore all signs of its obvious location), it’s basically a live performance video of the unreleased track “Hands Reversed.” Shot POV-style by some dude who gets lured by a suspicious crayon-drawn sign advertising the private show, all audio is in-camera, including the song itself and the jerk helicopter flying overhead.
And maybe it’s just us, but when the cameraman—and his plain white Keds that have seen better days—leaves the serenade zone to grab beers from the fridge, we half expect him to find something infinitely better to do. It looks to be about midday, so there’s probably a “Not the Father” episode of Maury on the teevee or a sandwich to be made. Whatever, we’re not judging (except for that square fan by the deck door: ugly). Says Monks on the Tokyo Police Club blog: “My friend Simon and I filmed it in my apartment, which I am leaving soon. Otherwise I would have limes in my fridge too!” Really would have liked to see those limes, Dave.
Forthcoming LP will be out on mom+pop records, the humble U.S. label that recently snapped up our “biggest Canadian export since Molson,” in early 2010.