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.
Hey, Tokyo Police Club, your camera is recording! Hey, Tokyo Police Club, there’s something covering your lens! Oh, no, wait—I get it. They are making it look like they made a music video by accident on purpose. Those guys! They are so good at that!
Fresh from what seems like, well, no time off at all, Newmarket’s indie rock poster boys are back with the lead single from upcoming sophomore album Champ. “Breakneck Speed” is anything but—a mid-tempo grower, it’s layered with lots of spooky, chiming Pixies riffs, ragged overdrive and reverb, and, of course, the trademark languid voice of singer/bassist Dave Monks, his mastered creak dipping into some pretty low notes. The video is another adorable homemade nugget: seemingly band-filmed footage of these rapscallions traipsing the world and getting famous over the past couple of years.
Fitting, fun, and yeah, alright, it’s pretty charming. This clip also happens to be perfect bait for more of those girls you see lined up for autographs in one of the shots. Stay tuned for the great Canadian indie-institution mash-up when Tokyo Police Club leave the spoils of one major indie for another—Dine Alone Records releases Champ on June 8.