When Canadian four-piece Tokyo Police Club emerged in 2006 with the “A Lesson in Crime” EP, the band was tapped as the next big thing from up north, and now with the release of its debut full-length, “Elephant Shell” (Saddle Creek), the group’s come to collect. While the band’s relatively basic brand of post-punk wouldn’t normally put it past its peers, the outfit’s youth grabs your attention first—this is a young, awakened record clearly made by excitable kids—and that refreshment speaks volumes, both about the band and about music as a whole right now. The guitars—meshing together prettily and in a cleanly assembled swarm—dance along with an inventive bass and driving drums (not to mention essential keyboard parts); frontman David Monks’ voice, smooth and adolescent without being annoying, matches the sound with surprising proficiency. As evidenced by the first EP, Tokyo Police Club’s strength is in crafting quick-fire songs that don’t dangle, and the material on “Elephant Shell” doesn’t stray from that method. The record’s here and gone in a flash. (Tom Lynch)
Tokyo Police Club plays May 5 at Metro, 3730 North Clark, (773)549-0203, at 8pm. $15.