Tora Tora Wrote With Tom Petty’s Stan Lynch On ‘Revolution Day’
February 21, 2011
Tora Tora finally drop official album number three, ‘Revolution Day’, through FnA Records on February 28th. The album was recorded back in 1994 at Ardent Studios in Memphis where the band recorded their first two albums and were the hometown metal band out of Memphis at the time.
While ‘Revolution Day’ fits well with some of the best sounding rock records of the time, such as Motley Crue’s Dr. Feelgood, it will also smolder your speakers like Chickenfoot in 2009 when Joe Satriani teamed up with Sammy Hagar and an all-star line up.
‘Revolution Day’ starts with a minute build of acoustic funky Zeppelin style blues with harmonica before cranking into overdrive. This album is their most confident effort and definitely the best of their official trilogy.
Anthony Corder told Brad Hardisty of TheNashvilleBridge.com, “I don’t know, we had a lot of fun where we had girls singing back up and we had the Memphis Horns on one track (Memphis Soul). We had written with some more outside writers like Stan Lynch from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.”
‘Revolution Day’ is a more introspective piece, with references to Mississippi, where Anthony grew up, in the songs “Little Texas” and “Mississippi Voodoo Child” in the shadow of Mississippe John Hurt’s hometown Avalon.
This album rocks with straight up cuts like “Blues Come Home to You” with Keith Douglas laying down some great riffs with plenty of overdriven slide guitar and a ruthless four song stretch at the end from “Little Texas” through “Out of The Storm”. This is Tora Tora at their best; at a time when rockers were leaving for California to find gold, Tora Tora never strayed far from their Memphis roots mixing Heavy Metal of the time with Memphis and Mississippi blues.
All of the original members, which also feature Keith Douglas on guitar, Patrick Francis on bass and John Patterson on drums, have been playing some annual shows over the last three years including a set at Rocklahoma in 2008. They have included some of ‘Revolution Day’ in their sets to enthusiastic crowds that never got to hear the songs live before the band went on hiatus when they were dropped by A&M Records.
The official drop date for ‘Revolution Day’ on FnA Records will be Monday February 28th, with a record release party and interview with the band on purerockradio.com with DJ Cory Draper at 8PM Pacific Time from Las Vegas, Nevada. The band invites fans to call in and be a part of the show.