Tokyo Motor Fist: ‘Tokyo Motor Fist’

TOKYO MOTOR FIST
TOKYO MOTOR FIST
To be released on February 24, 2017 (Frontiers Music Srl)

Review:
2017 has birthed yet another supergroup, so get ready to “Surrender” and “Beat The Bullet” as Danger Danger frontman Ted Poley has made an artistic alliance with Trixter’s lead guitarist Steve Brown to form Tokyo Motor Fist.

The pair, whose friendship dates back to the origins of their respective bands touring the same club circuit, have been in discussions for years about a collaboration. Thankfully, Frontiers Music Srl has finally enabled this. Given the credentials of both musicians, the perception would be to have a balls out, feel-good, anthemic riddled, catchy collection of tracks reeking of 1989. If that’s your preference, then you’ve arrived at the correct destination. 

Tokyo Motor Fist is rounded out by Greg Smith (Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Alice Cooper) and Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Lynn Turner). Collectively, the band have extensive experience cutting their teeth performing with big, respected names in music, making an impressive unit.

Album opener “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” encompasses all ingredients prominent in feel-good songs that made rock and metal what it was in the ’80s. Thunderous drum pounds? Tick. Choral background vocals? Tick. Outlandish mid-section solo? Tick. Lyrics surrounding heartbreak? Tick. A sure promising start to the eleven track album. Admittedly, the most obvious and distinguishable focal point is Poley’s vocals. Despite this, the album proves to be a collective band effort rather than a platform to hone Poley’s vocals.

There are tracks of all nature, from the gentle, mellow, very Danger Danger-esque ballad “Love” to the thundering, pulsating power of “Put Me To Shame” to the feel-good, all guns blazing “Shameless.” Lyrically and typically, the tracks all center on or around the subject matter of love and heartbreak. This isn’t by any means to suggest it’s an assemblage of ballads or downtrodden tracks. On the contrary, the majority are positive, uplifting, energy fuelled tracks acting as the sun on a rainy day.

One of the highlights of the eleven track offering is “You’re My Revolution.” The adrenaline pumping, full frontal attack delivery, alongside the harmonies are reminiscent of the work Poley did for Sega for the Sonic The Hedgehog game series. Brown’s guitar work is ultimately as prominent as Poley’s vocals, with each track lending favour in equal parts to the riffs and solos. A prime example is “Done To Me” whereby the guitar certainly takes the lead and dominance.

Tokyo Motor Fist‘s self-titled release, while it certainly is nothing out of the ordinary for fans of the genre, epitomises the feel and spirit of the members’ former bands and that ilk. If what you desire is for some escapism, to overindulge and reminisce about former good times, when Warrant, Mötley Crüe and Nelson had #1 chart hits, then this may well be sufficient for your fix.

Track List:
01. Pickin’ Up The Pieces
02. Love Me Insane
03. Shameless
04. Love
05. Black And Blue
06. You’re My Revolution
07. Don’t Let Me Go
08. Put Me To Shame
09. Done To Me
10. Get You Off My Mind
11. Fallin’ Apart

Band Members:
Ted Poley – vocals
Steve Brown – guitars, vocals
Greg Smith – bass
Chuck Burgi – drums

Reviewed by Ben Chamberlain for Sleaze Roxx, February 2017

Tokyo Motor Fist‘s “Put Me To Shame” song:

Tokyo Motor Fist – “Put Me To Shame” (Official Audio)

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Tokyo Motor Fist‘s “Shameless” song:

Tokyo Motor Fist – “Shameless” (Official Audio)

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Tokyo Motor Fist‘s “Love Me Insane” song:

Tokyo Motor Fist – “Love Me Insane” (Official Audio)

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Tokyo Motor Fist‘s “Love” song:

Tokyo Motor Fist – “Love” (Official Audio)

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