Tokyo Motor Fist is comprised of Ted Poley (singer of Danger Danger) and guitarist Steve Brown of Trixter, as well as drummer Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Bon Jovi) and bassist Greg Smith (Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Alice Cooper). Born from a long-standing friendship between Poley and Brown, the band has recently released their sophomore album, Lions, a pleasantly reminiscent album for fans of the melodic rock released by bands like Trixter and Danger Danger.
The first single from the album, Youngblood, sets the tone for the rest of the record and that tone seems to be uplifting, nostalgic music that takes the listener away from the troubles of the world briefly. Immediately, the band hits the listener with catchy choruses and sing-along portions that will permeate throughout the rest of the album. Some of the vocal harmonies in the next track, Monster in Me are reminiscent of Def Leppard, and Around Midnight kicks the speed up a notch and another tune that sticks in the listener’s head immediately.
The energy stays high with Mean It, which leads into the title track, Lions, a slower contemplative piece that features a cameo by Styx’s Dennis DeYoung. Decadence on 10th Street has a surprisingly bluesy vibe and the positivity continues into Dream Your Heart Out. Blow Your Mind is a mid-tempo ballad and Sedona surprises the listener with a brass section before slowing down again with Look Into Me. The album closes with a great anthem, Winner Takes All.
Lions is full of hope and light in a time where there isn’t enough of that going around. The entire album feels like you are listening to something that you may have forgotten about from an earlier time, in a good way. When Tokyo Motor Fist is able to hit the road again, they are sure to lift spirits and take fans for a ride back to better days and simpler times.