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ARTIST
TITLE
Toquiwa
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SCOPITONE 047CD SCOPITONE 047CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/15/2016

2012 release. The music of Japanese legends-in-the-making Toquiwa (previously known as Pinky Piglets) is, in the band's own words, characterized by "Catchy riffs, addictive melodies and energetic performances you can't miss. We burst onto the stage!" The Wedding Present caught these gifted all-girl rockers in Japan and fell in love with the energy of their live performances and the earworm-catchiness of their songs. Subsequently, The Wedding Present have practically adopted the band, inviting them to their annual mini-festival in Brighton and their European and North American tours and releasing their self-titled debut album on David Gedge's own Scopitones label, previously reserved for the releases of Wedding Present members. Gedge on Toquiwa: "I have never seen audiences react so positively to one of our support bands before. At first they just appear to be a cute Japanese band but, when they start to play, everyone's jaw hits the floor!" Toquiwa roars into life with "Tokyo Merry-Go-Round" and "Roll The Dice," which channels The Strokes for two minutes and 38 seconds of pop rock perfection. "Brain Party" thumps in your head like a rock disco -- close your eyes and find yourself in a Tokyo night club. The Japanese love of a ballad is not left out of this album; the unexpectedly tender lyrics of "The Rain Song" are a breather from the heart-pounding pop-punk-rock of the rest of the album. Toquiwa only let up for a moment, though; their biggest hit, "Give Me A Chocolate," comes in with AC/DC guitar riffs placed over the sugary-sweet vocals of vocalist Auska. They close the album with their ode to The Wedding Present, an inspired cover of "Kennedy."