Tokyo Motor Fist
Tokyo Motor Fist
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Tokyo Motor Fist is the new project from Danger Danger’s Ted Poley and Trixter’s Steve Brown alongside the rhythm section of Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Lynn Turner) and Greg Smith (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Rainbow). If you have ever wondered what a cross between Danger Danger and Trixter might sound like, the answer is right here.
First off, I’d like to note the superb production here. Now, younger fans may disagree with me but the eighties had some really well-recorded albums that sound unique to this day. Production wise, and somewhat in the songs themselves, this is sonically in line with old Bon Jovi, Ratt, and Def Leppard records. It’s got front and center guitars with just enough grit to be legit, huge vocals, and a timekeeping rhythm section giving some backbone to it all. I’m pretty neutral when it comes to production value (different strokes for different folks) so the fact that this makes me drool all over myself says a lot!
Hands down, my favorite track here is “Put Me To Shame.” It’s got screaming guitar work, a spectacular vocal performance, and a great Rock and Roll hook. It’s got the same kind of edge that made Def Leppard’s pre-Hysteria records so amazing. Listening to it makes me feel like it’s 1986 again, and honestly, I could feel that way forever. “Done To Me” follows it up with another edgy rocker that focuses on explosive vocals, an arena style rhythm section performance, and big ol’ guitar riffs that make you want to dust off your air guitar. “Shameless” is another highlight in my opinion. It shows a little bit of the more radio-ready aspect of the band with a big, bright riff, positive lyrics, and a chorus that will stick with you long after the song is done. Folks, they don’t make many like this anymore.
I truly dig this record. I enjoy Trixter and Danger Danger both, but this is a whole other level for these guys. Ted Poley really takes Steve Brown’s riffs over the top and I can’t help but compare it to pre- New Jersey Bon Jovi, pre-Hysteria Def Leppard, and the last couple Ratt records. Everything is just big, bright, and absolutely pristine- from production to performance. If you hate/hated the eighties then this is not for you, fortunately for the rest of us Tokyo Motor Fist is exactly what we didn’t know we needed!
Reviewed by mark1340