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Nomination Pleases Tokyo Police Club

Of the Oakland Press

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The first time was the charm for Tokyo Police Club.

The group from Newmarket, Ontario. released an EP, “A Lesson in Crime,” in 2006, but it was last year’s debut album, “Elephant Shell,” that earned the quartet a Best Group nomination at Canada’s Juno Awards, which take place on March 29.

“It’s really cool,” says keyboardist Graham Wright, 22. “I always harbored hopes. You always fantasize about getting recognized. Had I been asked whether we’d be in the running against stalwarts like Nickelback, I’d have said we don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell.”

And even with the nomination, Wright isn’t wagering on his group in a category that also includes Simple Plan, The Trews and Great Big Sea.

“I like Great Big Sea; they’re a fun band,” says Wright, who released a lowkey solo EP, “The Lakes of Alberta,” in September and is working on material for the next Tokyo Police Club album. “The rest, I can’t say are within my realm of listening, but people evidently like them.

“Win or lose, stuff like that is really fun. It’s always a lark to go to the award show and pretend to be a rock star for the weekend. I can’t make it this time — some of the other guys are going — so, hopefully, they’ll hit us up again for it in the future and I’ll get my chance.”

Tokyo Police Club, Born Ruffians and Honorary Title perform Thursday (March 19) at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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