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Genre: Rock
Label: Dancing Leper
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Tracks

1. She Kills What She Kills
2. Run So Well
3. Indulgence
4. Classic Diversion
5. She Kills (Reprise)
 
Tokyo Raid
The Fear of Sleeping EP

The Fear of Sleeping - EP - Tokyo Raid

Tokyo Raid is the Oakland based band that somehow manages to blend garage, post-punk and glam and make it sound fresh and full of teeth. Tokyo Raid's current band members include Ben Utah (vocals, bass), Mike Thompson (drums) and Ty Gerhardt (vocals, guitar). While the band has been around since 2004, with the new lineup and their new release The Fear of Sleeping, a more aggressive sound has emerged.
 “She Kills What She Kills” screeches to life with guitars wailing and lyrics that mention “Judas” and lots of killing. The combination garage rock and punk infused guitar work are full of texture and marry well with the percussion to create a track that is a worthy lead in to this EP. The band is cohesive and crafts an energy that is edged with violence and dark sensations. It is infectious. Makes me want to go and watch a good zombie killing movie. Machete anyone?
“Indulgence” brings to mind a combination of surf rock and Bauhaus’s “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” The fierce surfer guitar style leads right into lyrics full of malevolent intent and wild guitar riffs. This song is engaging and well done, with lots of prickly edges and jagged teeth.
“Run So Well” builds tension with layered guitar work, percussion and a breathy set of lyrics that spirals out and drags you screaming into the abyss. This piece is one of the best on the album, and one I can’t stop listening to. It has a few familiar sounds here and there, but it has an original grit and edgy punk feel that tears the lid off of trying to stuff it into one particular genre.
Tokyo Raid is a keeper of a band with their most aggressive and interesting component of artists yet.  The Fear of Sleeping has a violent edge that captures the essence of punk, garage and glam rock. The harmonies are stellar and captivating. Every song, even the very short “She Kills Reprise” has grit and substance. This is a band to watch, especially if you were a fan of Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Peter Murphy or The Kinks.
Recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios with Ian Pellicci (Deerhoof).
Mixed and Mastered with Justin Phelps (The Mars Volta, Dresden Dolls, The Mother Hips, Cake)
Key Tracks- Indulgence, She Kills What She Kills, Run So Well
Dana Wright-Muzikreviews.com Staff
February 22, 2012
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