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INTERVIEW: Tokyo Taboo

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been great! So excited to be releasing our new album soon!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Make it out Alive“?

Make It Out Alive was written about the very scary moment we live in. With a potential President Trump this year and conflict in the Middle East never ending, NHS privatisation, cuts to public services and hate crimes on the rise Dolly had a lot to say and a lot to vent! 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The outcome of the parliamentary vote to bomb Syria was really upsetting and disappointing. It’s frustrating that so many people are anti war and ignored by those in power. We wanted to give those people a voice.

How was the filming experience?

We were in LA recording the album and wanted to find somewhere to shoot that looked post apocalyptic so we went to Salton Sea. There are so many old derelict buildings there and we shot it all in one day. It smelt really horrible so we were glad we had the masks!

The single comes off your new album 6th Street Psychosis – what’s the story behind the title?

We recorded the album just off 6th Street in LA. We have been back and forth between London and LA for three years and our sense of reality always feels a bit warped there. We often get a bit confused and feel between two places and two realities so that’s where the ‘psychosis’ part comes in.

How was the recording and writing process?

We have an amazing producer in LA – the epic Noah Shain. He helped us to arrange some of our songs and made the songs we were having trouble with easy to fix. It’s great having another person’s perspective – especially someone with Noah’s experience and strong work ethic. 

How did manga and anime influence the album?

In general we are a very colourful band and love the mix of creepy and cute in Japanese art and manga. We like to mix upbeat fun with hard hitting lyrics so there’s a similarity to anime and manga there.

What aspects of politics did you get to explore on this record?

I just realised that Pussy Power is also a little political! It’s a feminist song about the way females are paid lower wages and generally treated as subordinate in society. We shot a video for it recently that we can’t wait to release!

Any plans to hit the road?

We are heading to Los Angeles tomorrow to healing Youbloom LA music conference! We will be back in October – planning a tour next year.

What else is happening next in Tokyo Taboo‘s world?

We are getting married next year! The invitations have been sent, date is set so it’s actually happening!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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