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The Tokyo Smash The Scene Queen Reigns Supreme


1. Without You 2. Have A Few Drinks And Drive Home 3. So Yeah, I'm Getting Spinners On My Escalade 4. Iowa State University 5. The Drive Home From Joplin 6. How I Take It Whe You Shake It 7. Crush's Got Gas Money Too
2004 Recorse Records
Our score 4

by Cory
12/2/2004

I took one look at this record and the accompanying press release and knew it was going to be garbage. Bad band name CHECK. Bad song titles CHECK. Bad record title DOUBLE CHECK. The band features former members of As I Lay Dying, the Agony Scene and Thirty Called Arson. If you were the guys that couldn't cut it in bands like this, wouldn't it follow that your band is going to be even less good and original The Tokyo Smash is pop/emo/punk/core in all its glorious wretchedness, masquerading under the newly coined term "Mosh and Roll." If it wasn't for the catchiness of some of these songs, I would probably just stop and leave it at that, but the Tokyo Smash have managed to win me over, at least a little bit, and for that they deserve a fair chance. Whlie the band claims their intention is to "breathe life into an otherwise stagnant music scene where apathy is the new black," their real motives seem to be to get their hands into underage girls' panties and their pictures onto their bedroom walls. Let's not kid ourselves here, eh guys If word starts getting around about this record, their rockstar dreams might all come true. Less rockin' than Underoath, less catchy than Brand New and infinitely less talented than either, the Tokyo Smash have still written seven memorable tunes strong enough musically to forgive their hokey lyrics. Aside from the occassional scream and some dueling guitar lines, there's nothing remotely metal here, but they do emo and pop-punk as capably as any of their contemporaries. One thing I like about this record that I often find repulsive about this sort of thing is the production. I'm pretty sure that if you gave them the time and money, this would end up being over-produced, but as it stands, the barebones aproach here works very well. In the end, the lack of slick production helps the moments of musical inspiration shine through, as in "Crush's Got Gas Money Too," when group sung vocals come in to compliment screaming and it really does sound like the Tokyo Smash could've been the first band to ever do it. Bottom Line: There's no reason that I would ever hear a song by this band and go out and buy this record, but I certainly didn't mind listening to it. The only situation in which I would really recommend this record is if you find it cheap or you have worn out all your other sensitive scenester CDs. The Tokyo Smash are good enough at what they do to keep me from hating them and, quite frankly, that's saying a lot.

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as i lay gay_ 12/2/2004 4:26:52 PM

you didnt get the first post


buckwheat_ 12/2/2004 7:22:25 PM

Good review, funny shit, but its a little mixed. You start off ragging them, give them a 4, but then make it sound like a 6ish album. Rating seems a little low in comparison to the review. Just my two cents.


dragxnet_ 12/2/2004 8:01:41 PM

can't find it on soulseek, so i guess i won't be listening to this cd.


ryanthecleaver_ 12/2/2004 8:33:27 PM

Don't bother; they blow.


marywasaserpent_ 12/2/2004 9:38:18 PM

This band blows shit , 4 was being nice ...the only thing supreme about this is that its supreme shit .


ownage_ 12/3/2004 2:15:14 AM

PWNED!!!


ryanthecleaver_ 12/3/2004 10:16:58 AM

by the way, when i said they blow, i didn't mean their music. i meant they really really blow, good, ahhh


anonymous 12/3/2004 12:36:22 PM

seems like the reviewer has a problem witht he band memebers and he is childishly trying to get at them by giving them this review


Cory_ 12/3/2004 12:38:17 PM

I have never met this band or its members. I do have a problem with people who play this sort of music and pretend it's got something to do with hardcore.


El Justin_ 12/3/2004 2:21:01 PM

This isn't real music


Chris_ 12/6/2004 4:54:52 PM

the reason people like the Tokyo Smash is for the show. They have the most energetic show i've ever seen.


Sean_ 12/14/2004 7:32:52 PM

WAY too generous.