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Tokyo Motor Fist – Frontiers Records Returns With A New Surprise Supergroup!

Tokyo Motor Fist is the new supergroup combining the talents of vocalist Ted Poley (Danger Danger), guitarist Steve Brown (Trixter), bassist Greg Smith (Ted Nugent Band) and drummer Chuck Burgi (Rainbow). Their first album will be released on February 24, 2017.

These are four musicians I am always curious to hear new material from, so seeing that all four of them united in a single band was definitely something that sparked my interest. Frontiers has become a haven for classic artists, and supergroups comprised of many of these past greats.

It is one of those instances where you come in on the album not knowing what to expect, on account of all of these musicians come from great bands that sound nothing alike. So while doubtful as to whether or not their styles could truly sync and result in something great, I was certainly optimistic nonetheless.



The album, for the most part, has an AOR/melodic rock sound to it; it really does not resemble any of the individual musicians’ previous bands. Ted Poley, a criminally underrated vocalist, handles the songs perfectly; it is too bad this guy will forever be known as the voice of a raunchy rock anthem, “Naughty Naughty,” when he is in fact so much more as a vocalist, something this record demonstrates beautifully. The album has a bit of a retro 80s AOR feel to it at times, yet it also feels modern and original, giving listeners the best of both worlds.

Not to be overlooked are the contributions of the other members of the band. Steve Brown of Trixter is another underrated musician who manages to bring something to whatever project he is a part of, and a rhythm section of elite classic rockers definitely rounds out the selection of men on the album in fine form. I cannot say that this is the most original “new material from classic artists” album I have ever heard, but it is quite good.

Tokyo Motor Fist is well worth looking into and listening to; this record from these underrated classic musicians has more than its share of highlights in its duration, and it easily comes recommended.



By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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