Tokyo Beef join the lineup for a killer night of Gold Coast rock this month. Headlined by stoner rock gods Kobrakai and Fly Agaric alongside heavy hhitters Chrome Recliner, Tokyo Beef complete the rock offering by filling the “surf” rock genre.
It Ain’t Weak to Speak was released nearly a year ago, with EP 4220 released soon after and frontman for Tokyo Beef, Graeme Treanor says the response has been strong.
“Several community radios got behind it and gave us much appreciated airplay,” Graeme said, rattling off stations like 4zzz, Riot FM and Great Lakes FM. “Definitely these days community radio is the way to go to get your music heard.”
As well as community radio, Tokyo Beef have had their music featured on a bunch of Coastal Watch surf videos (some clocking up more than 35k views) and the band have also migrated their songs to triple j Unearthed for the first time, where they came to the attention of Sailor Jerry who used their song President for a surf comp film clip, resulting in 100k views.
“We were lucky enough to have Idiot Box played on Short Fast Loud,” Graeme added.
It’s clear 2016 was a year of regrouping for Tokyo Beef, who’ve been around in one form or another on the Gold Coast for, like ever.
“We’ve played Sounds of Sunday at Liars Bar with Trapdoor. We’ve played with Goatzilla, Vahalla Lights and a bunch of others at The Backroom. Had another gig with Trapdoor at the Shark Gar,” Graeme rattles off the gig highlights for 2016.
But he’s most excited about the upcoming show at Kirra Sports Club. As well as free entry, past band members will be dropping in. Old drummer Brendon ‘Fats’ Houghton is visiting from Austria and previous lead singer Benny D Williams will also jump in for a few songs.
“Funny he used to be just Benny when he sang for Tokyo beef,” Graeme said.
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Tokyo Beef play Kirra Sports Club, 27 May. And upping the ampage of serious Gold Coast rock, Kobrakai, Fly Agaric and Chrome Recliner are also on the bill. Tokyo Beef have been working on new material, so keep your ears peeled for imminent releases.
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