Album #2 is out! On to the next!

On May 16, 2015 in Heaven's Door, Sangenjaya, the second album was finally released. "Laugh, Dance & Cry" took about a year to put together. It was only fitting to let it go with explosion created by our lovely musician friends. We send out our deepest thanks to the bands who prepared the crowd for us that night: Samm Bennett, Old Gun, Dirty T's, Ghost of Matsubara, Jinny Oops!. Special mention goes to Ghost of Matsubara who came all the way from Nagoya, and also to Jinny Oops, who drove in from Osaka. There was much action seen that night, mostly unexpected and surprising, dancing, singing, and crowd-surfing (on ballads too...this, we are still trying to make sense of). Other highlights include the drum duet of Mattia and Hiroki and the guest appearance of Marcus Pittman for "Will Erase". The crowd just went wild. Despite all that, we were relieved that everyone was safe. We were touched to see old and new faces, our favorite photographers: Marcellus, Kyoko, Maki, Alex, Joe, and including a lovely dancer. So the reward was the all-night after-party in the 80's 90's bar with 300yen drinks. It was the perfect ending to an unforgettable show. Again, a million thanks to all of you who gave us support. You made this happen! So now, we will move on and continue our work for the next album.


Sophomore Album Release Date Is Set

We have wrapped up the development of our second album and we are proud to announce the release date. It has been set on May 16th, 2015 in Heaven's Door, Sangenjaya. We will be joined by some powerful bands that night. Coming all the way from Osaka, is the power Japanese girl trio, Jinny Oops. These gals have graced Fuji Rock and toured internationally. Next up is another rock trio, this time from Nagoya, Ghost of Matsubara. These guys have quite a loyal following and have played with us a few times. If you are curious to see their energy, don't miss this show. Then we will have our beloved, trusty Dirty T's, the dirtiest rockiest trio in Tokyo. Next in line is the freshly formed Old Gun, who will be presenting new original compositions. Finally, a much respected artist and friend, Samm Bennett will also share our stage, with his 1-string or 2-string guitar (or whatever suits his fancy).

We are calling this baby, "Laugh, Dance & Cry", a phrase that embodies the mix of emotions we often feel in complex moments of our lives. It is taken from a song in the 9 track album, "Mr. Cushing". Also included in this album is our carrier single, "Guilty Dance". All tracks were lovingly mixed and mastered by Iori Terada. Our album art was designed by our very own, Ponzi. It took us some time to package everything, so we are all hyped up for this party. Do click the link below for more event details, or better yet, join it and don't miss the fun. Like us on facebook, to get more updates. We will be waiting for you.

Guilty Dance is Released

The countdown reaches zero. Everyone has sound-checked. First up was 子供盗賊団 who did a fantastic job of warming up the audience for what's to come. According to them, they have only freshly started yet they sounded like they were all born to play together from the start. Next in line was Jimmy Binks and the Shakehorns, with their uber controlled instrumentation and beautiful comforting country songs. We were honored to have been supported by these warm people in our last album release, and once again in this single release. Their final number was a paradigm-shifting rendition of Tainted Love. The mellow sounds were soon followed up by the powerful, Rage Against the Machine inspired all-Japanese band Soul D. The first time we saw these guys we were simply overwhelmed (and they did so again!) and we knew we had to play with them again. Soul D effortlessly brought the tension up with their heavy rock numbers, pushing everyone in the house to head bang and mosh around. After a brief cool down, we showed our Guilty Dance video for the first time to the public. We thank everyone who was there to receive it and root for it. We also thank those who could not make it but still supported us remotely. We could not have done it without your undying care for us all these years. Everyone's cheers caused us to love and rock the stage that night. We have so many people to thank for, for making the event a huge success. You know who you are and you will always be in our hearts. Because of all the love you have shown us that night, we will carry on and make music for you! Thank you!

Photo by Alex Mustacea

Photo by Maki Ambo

Upcoming Single: Guilty Dance

Brace yourself for the release of the new track, "Guilty Dance", on February 27, 2015. TT&W proudly presents this new track from the second album, "Laugh, Dance & Cry", which is set to be released this March 16, 2015. The music video will have a virgin screening during the single release at the venue, Club Edge. The video is proudly 100% independent, shot and directed by the band. The track will be up for grabs online and through direct purchase from the band members during live shows thereafter. For more details of the single release show, please check out the band's Facebook Event Page or the Shows page.

Single Image Preview

Second album preview

A Tribute to Tokyo Indie Music

On the release party of our album last February 15, 2014, we were blessed to play with some amazing bands in Tokyo. The night was epic and deserves to be remembered. Here I present to you my impressions of the lovely musicians who performed that night. Gratitude once again to all.

-- Astrid

p.s. Truth is, there are too many tracks that I liked to mention, so forgive me for posting only a few here. 

The Mootekkis

The first time I heard the Mootekkis was in Ruby Room, perhaps 2 years back. The place was packed and everyone was moving to the tunes and to Mike's voice. I knew that these guys knew how to make a party rock.  They have quite a loyal following too. The Mootekkis have a very consistent and solid image of their punkish rock sound. When you hear that riff, drums, bass and then that vocal, you will know it's them.  The Mootekkis help you let out one's inner rebel, with the songs "Public Display of Affection", "Norma". If you need some empathy for your affinity to alcohol, try out "The Whiskey". Listening to them always makes me feel like I just want to forget about my day's troubles, kick off my shoes, grab a drink (or maybe more), try grooving or simply enjoy watching other people get infected with Mike's contagious dancing. I can party with that.



Kinlay Band

Funk = Kinlay. Undoubtedly one of my most respected bands in Tokyo. Andy has gathered great musicians and produced 3 albums oozing with funky goodness and are guaranteed to drown you with the grooviest rhythms in town. Drum beats that are perfectly timed and highlighted with fantastic solos. Playful bass lines that are sure to make you shake something, anything! Keys that add amazing color to the tunes. Funky and reggae guitars that always seem inspired by Hawaii or a perpetual summer. Andy plays with seemingly simple melodies but arranges them intelligently and decorates them with versatile vocals.  If you are into funk and/or musical mastery you are bound to enjoy any Kinlay show. Songs to note, "Japan Japan", "Big Chance", "If It Were Only Me". I always found it difficult to play funk due to the tricky rhythm, so these guys definitely have my respect.




Jimmy Binks and The Shakehorns

I have to admit that the first thing that comes to my mind when you say Jimmy Binks, is a cookie. I first caught sight of them at Basement Bar in Shimokitazawa. Sadly I was late and only heard the last part of their set.  Some friends strongly recommended them to me so I sought to see them again and the next thing I knew was I was dancing like a fool to Half the Time and going mad for the cowbell. I never thought I would rock this hard for country music.  I guess deep inside my father's taste in country stuck to me. Jimmy Binks is not just about the warm, comfortable instrumentation and lovely vocal harmonization. To truly get into the Binks, one has to pay attention to the words. Not everyone can get away with happy and sunny chord progressions and sing about being bitter in love. If there is one thing I am grateful for because of these guys, it's for making me look forward to Christmas again, when I am away form home. My loves, "Half The Time", "Apple Tree", "Mama's Got Cookies", "Not Too Late". Another plus for these guys is, they are ALL too kind and warm, it's insane.



The Watanabes

If you are looking for some guitar pop eargasm, you are looking for The Watanabes. I once went to a party where almost everyone left just to go their show. I have to admit I was intrigued. The Watanabes are not Watanabes at all. They are a couple of adorable brothers from the West. I originally thought they were twins.  I found videos of them online (directed by Darrel Guinn, who also happens to be our videographer/director). To me their music reminds me of Weezer or Sigur Ros, unplugged. There is a lot of emotional acoustic pop going on in their album. And I did find myself surprisingly relating to some of them. Definitely worth listening to are "Guilt", "Ice Age", "Rooftop".






Poetic License Project

Jerome is a professor of Psychology in my graduate school. He sports long wavy locks and a very curious smile. He also fronts the Poetic License Project. His voice is deep and engaging and probably as mysterious as his life story. I confess I enjoy listening to blues and he has some lovely tracks on this genre. His songs are all carefully crafted and intelligently arranged. The lyrics are brilliant, poetic, naughty and should not be missed. He likes to play with dissonance and pulls it off nicely. He is excellent in creating a mood with all the sounds he uses be it the guitar, vocal effects, or other distortions. It feels like there is so much to explore in his music, so I will be curious and will keep looking and listening. My picks: "Follow Thy Fair Sun", "Traveling Oceanside Blues", "Spider Catching".

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