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The Band

Ben Green

Tokyo Storm Lead Vocalist Ben Green

Manchester born Ben Green is a UK based Rock and Soul singer who now lives in Worcestershire. Bens musical interest was enthused by listening to 70's rock bands such as Whitesnake, Journey and Uriah Heep, these epic bands inspired Ben in his formative years, it wasn't until Ben heard the voice of Paul Rodgers (Bad Company) that he had his calling and discovering that singing was his true vocation. Cutting his teeth aged just 15, Ben performed his first gig fronting a rock band. Something clicked thus leading Ben to front many more over the next few years including a very successful 6-piece Soul & Motown Band. Ben also has a talent for writing his own music and is often seen performing live at Arenas as a pre-curser to well known bands such as Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart and Bad Company.

Jason Edwards

Tokyo Storm Bass Player Jason Edwards

Coming from a musical family, Jason was born and raised in Solihull. He first picked up an acoustic guitar aged 8 but unfortunately couldn't get his small hands around the neck. It wasn't until his early teens after purchasing a second-hand electric guitar that he spent many hours behind closed doors learning to play. Jason has been in various rock bands over the years either as Guitarist, Vocalist or Bassist but has always liked to produce and perform original material with varied influences such as Duran Duran, U2, Toto and Great White. Bass guitar became his first choice of instrument a few years ago. Very much like a 6 string, but only 4 strings and much cooler! He joined Tokyo Storm in late 2017 having developed an optimistic state of mind while listening to the bands fresh material.

Bob Peach

Tokyo Storm's Drummer & Producer Bob Peach

When professionalism is a prerequisite and you need to call on experienced Bob Peach is the musician who fits the bill. Bob has worked, toured and produced bands for many years. The role models who inspired and shaped Bob in his early years were John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and Simon Phillips (Toto). Bob has also acquired the knowledge and skills as a producer and has over the years landed him publishing deals in the USA and Canada. Having previously played on two albums, Bob has now turned his skills to writing and recording in his own studio and in the last couple of years has teamed back up with Joe Bartnicki to write and record Optimistic State Of Mind.

Joe Bartnicki

Tokyo Storm Lead Guitarist & Producer

Birmingham born, Joe discovered a taste for music at the age of six, learning to play the piano (self-taught) before discovering the guitar at the age of 14, Forming his first band at the age of 15 Joe soon discovered a passion for penning his own material & has performed, wrote and arranged music for many bands he has played with over the years. Joe now finds himself coming full circle by teaming back up with Bob Peach who he first collaborated with at the age of 17. Optimistic State of Mind is testimony to the creative, writing and producing skills Joe has acquired along his winding musical highway.

Album Reviews



Richard Wall,
Author of the novel, Fat Man Blues

Congratulations on your album,
it's a quality product and you all should be proud of it. For those of a certain age, the very mention of AOR (Adult Oriented Rock) brings back memories of 1980s MTV Rock Videos featuring a skinny, spandex-clad guitar hero atop a butte in Monument Valley at sunset, waist-length hair flowing in the wind as a helicopter appears behind him (there was always a helicopter in MTV rock videos). The 1980s was its heyday and AOR bands such as Toto, Foreigner, Journey, Asia and Yes (the Trevor Horn version) ruled the airwaves and TV screens until, inevitably, music trends changed and AOR sank without a trace. Well now it's back. Tokyo Storm are a four-piece band from Bewdley, who are making waves on the Worcestershire music scene with their debut album, 'Optimistic State Of Mind', a collection of ten original songs with an even spread of driving rock songs and power ballads that offers something for everyone. The album opens with the title track, a blistering, supercharged V8 engine of a song, which sets the tone for all that is to come, and, in this reviewer's opinion, is good enough to stand alongside any AOR classic from yesteryear. Releasing a debut album of original AOR material is a gutsy move, but it's clear that OSOM is very well-produced. Each of the ten songs is crafted well and delivered impeccably. The standard of songwriting, musicianship, and production has resulted in a polished and professional-sounding debut collection, of which the band ought to be proud. Tokyo Storm are here to stay and have the chops to go on to bigger and better things. Can they resurrect AOR? With an optimistic state of mind, I rather think they can.


Richard Wall
richardwall.org
@writinblues

By Keith James Sinclair
ELO Beatles Forever

The title says it all. Once you've listened to the debut album from new Midlands based rock quartet Tokyo Storm, you will enter into an "Optimistic State Of Mind" thanx to an impressive array of well crafted songs underpinned by the guitar craft of Joe Bartnicki, top class vocalist Ben Green, ace drummer Bob Peach and bassist Jason Edwards, their latest recruit. Admirers of the rockier edge of ELO, Paul Rodgers/Free, Journey, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Yes, Kansas and those classic American rock bands we all know and love will find "Optimistic State Of Mind" an approachable and familiar album blended with instantly likeable guitar licks, searching lyrics with meaning and the heartbeat of superb percussion. If the title track doesn't grab your attention, then the moody "Silent Obsession" and "Lady Darkness" will if not the jealousy tinged "Is This Love", the driving anthem that is "Tune" or elevated ballad "Stormy Night". "Kill The Machines" is a call to arms hard to ignore too. The song that makes this album and closes it is my personal fave, the wonderful eleven minute instrumental piece entitled "Signals". With elements of Pink Floyd and some superlative musicianship on display, it provides balance and a fitting album closer leaving the listener with a knowing smile that they have just experienced a stunning rock album from start to finish. Tokyo Storm are looking for a label to provide a platform for their music. The likes of Frontiers, SPV, Angel Air and Cherry Red would do well to sit up and take notice. A Tokyo Storm is coming! ____ Trax: "Optimistic State Of Mind" ~ "Is This Love" ~ "Tune" ~ "Stormy Night" ~ "Kill The Machines" ~ "Silent Obsession" ~ "Fire In Your Eyes" ~ "Lady Darkness" ~ "Summer Feeling" ~ "Signals" Tokyo Storm are: Ben Green (Vocals) + Bob Peach (Drums, Percussion) + Joe Bartnicki (Guitars, Bass, Keyboards) + Jason Edwards (Bass, Vocals)..







Q & A with

TOKYO STORM



How did the album Optimistic State of Mind Come about ?

Bob

After a revamped project Joe and I was involved in collapsed, we thought we would revisit some songs we put together a while ago, with the thought of maybe putting an album together and adding some new songs.

Joe

I remember Bob asking me if I was interested in putting an album together, the task was to reconstruct some ideas we had from working together in the past. I laughed and said yea sure BUT, don't ask me to write anything new coz I'm all dried out. HOW WRONG was I? I can only liken Bob to the planet Jupiter. The gravitational pull he had on me in the form of inspiration soon taped in to a reservoir of ideas that I thought was a dust bowl.

How long did it take to put it all together ?

Bob

It's been a couple of years in the making, we made a decision to record all the backing at our own studio, and decided to write and record as we went along, a lot of the time there was a few eureka moments, and a lot of guitar and drum work on the album is as it was first recorded, then the arduous task of coming up with vocal ideas and lyrics before putting the feelers out for the right vocalist to bring it all together.

Joe

The basics of the songs came quite quickly the problem with the time scale wasn't helped by me swanning off to OZ for a month on three occasions not to mention other distractions and business trips.

How did you meet Ben ?

Bob

Ben was the first vocalist we spoke too, we were introduced through a friend on social media, met, had a chat, and a couple of studio rehearsals later we were three..

Joe

YEA, Bob and I were banging our heads together in the studio one night when I mentioned that I'd been befriended by a fellow muso on social media, turns out she was a vocal trainer, Bob and I agreed that we should ask if she would help with our search, the reply came in within a day, next thing I know the three of us were sitting in a bar in Bewdley interviewing each other the following Sunday morning.

Ben

The guys approached me about singing on the album and as soon as I heard to tracks I knew it was for me! I've grown up on this sort of music from an early age so to be asked to sing on this record was a thrill.

Where did you record the vocals ?

Bob

the best we could get, and I think the results speak for themselves. Joe and I also decided early on that we wanted to mix and master this album ourselves, a tough learning curve, but I think it sounds pretty good

Joe

MMMMM Mixing and mastering, Thank the music gods that Bob has his own studio the mix's were like a ping pong ball, I wouldn't have had it any other way, the results can be witnessed by listening carefully every detail is in every track this would have cost us millions if someone else got their grubby paws on the mixing desk.

Ben

Recording the vocals was a joy. I recorded a couple of tracks per session which kept things fresh. I think we captured something very special in those sessions and Joe and Bob have worked wonders in mixing and mastering the album.

And Jason ?

Bob

Jason joined late 2017, a breath of fresh air, we're already starting to put song ideas together, already in full rehearsals and it's really starting to come together.

Joe

Jase, awesome guy, same as Ben, they will go the extra MILLION MILES if you ask them to... What a find..

Ben

Jason is not only a great bass player put a very good songwriter as well. We met over a couple of beers and haven't looked back; a great guy!

Jason

Kind words guys, the cheques in the post. I was the last piece of the jigsaw teaming up with the guys late 2017. I recall Joe contacting me through social media with a sample of the material. I was blown away listening to the demo, thinking ' shit these guys are seriously good' In a world full of music pollution, this pro music production along with strong vocal stands proud. For me, It was a no brainer, I had to be part of project Tokyo Storm. The other thing worth mentioning is that there are no egos amongst us. We all work alongside one another, share ideas and have great fun at the same time. Sense of humour by the sack full. Can I say sack full? Parting shot. We all know who we are and where we've come from, but together.it just feels right and very special. Exciting times ahead. Ben put the kettle on. He makes a great cuppa you know

So what's next ?

Bob

Video.. Promotion.. Gigs

Joe

Project after project. Next on the project menu is a video shoot at a famous West Midlands venue then its gig time and hopefully an album launch to follow

Ben

We will be gigging the album mid to late 2018 in venues up and down the UK. We can't wait to get out on the road!

Jason

Echoing what's already been said really. I think we are all keen to get the show on the road and currently working extremely hard to do so. Hopefully this is our year so watch this space. The crowds are gathering, the Storm is coming