Riotous rockers Tokyo Taboo have built quite a reputation for their spectacular, character driven, and often shocking vibrant live performances. With glowing comparisons to Deap Vally, Halestorm, and Juliette & The Licks, Tokyo Taboo drop their much awaited new single, Walls, on May 20th.
Composed of the feisty and ferocious pair Dolly Daggerz and Mickey Danger, the Londoner’s debut album, 6th Street Psychosis, brought them acclaim from the likes of Radio X’s John Kennedy, BBC Radio 1, Clash and Punktastic. The duo have been hard at work on their upcoming album, recorded in California by Noah Shain (whose most recent production Badflower’s ‘Ghost’ recently occupied the Number 1 spot in the US rock chart). Their second album showcases how diligently the band have honed their sound since their debut, developing musical layers and refining production to create something utterly unique.
Walls was written after the band visited a Palestinian refugee camp recently. ‘En route on a bus back to Tel Aviv from our time in Palestine the lyrics just poured out,’ Dolly explains, ‘It’s impossible to see the amount of suffering we saw at Aida Refugee Camp without feeling a sense of hopelessness and endless sadness.’
The music video for the single shows the camp through the eyes of a child; the world in which they live in and know. How can bullet holes, guard towers and gas canisters be a part of a child’s playground?
‘How many babies and children have to be murdered by a government system before people start to care?’
Bella Hadid asks,
‘I will not allow us to be named ‘terrorists’ just for being alive and standing up for our people. For standing up for what is right….
If you look at this and think that the way Palestinians have been tortured, humiliated, abused, dismantled and murdered by a military OCCUPATION ordered by a government system is okay you are on the wrong side of history.
Who benefits from war and violence? The answer is never the people….
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’
Walls is out now via TT Records.
"...what we love about this band, first of all is that they’re upbeat, they’re really happy but visually they are brilliant. Their videos are quirky but fantastic and their music is the same”
Huw Stephens Show, BBC Radio 1
"Big, brash and boisterous, singer Dolly Daggerz summons up vocal inspiration from the likes of Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wendy James of Transvision Vamp and even the great Lene Lovich here on this rowdy workout. The guitars are cranked firmly up to 11 but it never strays from a killer hook-filled melody running throughout." Record of the Day
"…fighting against the patriarchy one fuzz pop belter at a time." Clash
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