Tokyo Police Club's vocalist and bassist David Monks and keyboardist Graham Wright are clearly loving being back where they haven't been properly since 2010 - on tour and with a new album, Forcefield, out on release.

It's been a long four years since their previous album offering Champ, with at times even the band wondering whether they would ever be back in the spotlight ever again. But those four years seems to have seen a still excitable yet more thoughtful Tokyo Police Club emerge, with tracks like the album's opener 'Argentina' given the time and space needed to let it flourish on its own. Now in a small cupboard like space in Shoreditch they reflect on the previous years and what the next few could (or should) hold for them.

What kind of process did you go through from the release of Champ in 2010 to get to your latest album Forcefield coming out in 2014?

G: We went through multiple processes...

D: All the processes!

G: Which I think is what took so long. We found ourselves with the freedom to explore and to try whole processes - really if we had an inkling we decided we could chase that all the way to the end, so we chased all of them! So we found some dead ends but we also found some pathways that we never would have thought about. It was really just a matter of once we realised how beneficial it was to follow things to their logical conclusion, we just started doing that - timing be damned!

At the time of your previous album's release a lot of the bands were releasing albums nearly every year - why did you differ?

D: I feel like we also felt that a lot of the bands that were around when we first started had fallen by the wayside, or they had changed and they weren't around anymore - and so it felt like we had to make something really worth making, we had to step up and earn our spot.

What did it feel like when the bands around you were dropping out - were you worried that might be you?

D: It was freaky sometimes. Sometimes we wouldn't have heard from the label in a while, we'd just be going to the practice space every day and wondering what was happening.

G: We isolated ourselves a bit on purpose and I think it was a necessary step, but it's a bit like when you isolate yourself socially if you need to take a break from everyone and you stop taking everybody's calls - but then people stop calling you and you're like "I know this was my choice, but did everyone forget me that quickly?!" Fortunately we poked our head out just for a show here or the Covers thing just to get that reassurance.

Forcefield begins with the behemoth nearly nine minute track that is 'Argentina' - how did that come about?

G: It wasn't always going to be one big track, the three songs did exist separately for a while but it was another one of those paths that we thought what's down there? It was one of those rare beautiful instances where what was down there was exactly what we were looking for. It's hard to remember when they weren't all one song because they all just click perfectly.

The last time you were properly touring was with Foster the People in 2012, what's it like being back?

G: It's been so long since we toured that it feels fantastic now. It's such a cliché to complain about touring, but as a lifestyle it takes a lot out of you and puts you in a certain headspace -and usually by the time you're finished touring a record you're well and truly finished on every level. This is the first time we've had enough time off that I really wanted to go out again, I really felt the itch to get back in the van. Playing in London is the first thing we've done and so to come over here and do such a luxurious enjoyable tour first thing - it's like getting let out of the car and just going nuts.

D: It's kind of like we took a year off to travel between our undergrad and our graduate degree, except when I say graduate degree I mean...play guitars and drink beer - which is the closest to a graduate degree we have.

What do you want people to get out of the new album?

G: This is just a personal feeling but sometimes when a record gets its claws into you and it perfectly coincides with how you're feeling at that time in your life, and the music is right and the weather is right and everything falls into place and you hear it every day and when you're not listening to it you're still hearing it and it just lives you and associates itself with a time in your life in a really pure way- that's how the records I love the most live with me. I think if something that I was a part of could do that for someone else, that would be pretty great.

D: I feel like the point for me at least as a lyricist is to talk about things that are on my mind, so I hope that when someone hears our songs they understand what I'm saying and therefore I'm not just a crazy dude going around saying "Is this weird?" And I think that translates to the band and about how we went through the process with the long time period in between albums - if anybody's ever felt like they just had to figure out what their best really was, hopefully they can relate to that too in Forcefield.

Have you got any festivals planned for the future?

G: Some smaller ones in the States but that's all we've got planned for now.

D: Forcefield came out too close to festival season this time around but I think next year we'll get to do some good UK/European festivals.

And is there anybody around that you'd like to support or would like to support you?

D: I'd love to support the Arctic Monkeys.

G: Yes, agreed!

How come?

D: Great records, great band.

G: Absolutely.

Tokyo Police Club's new album, Forcefield, is out now on Memphis Industries.