Reviewed by Emma Dean
Sydney has always had a strong rock scene, but I’ve noticed in the last couple of years a new wave of talent has been coming screaming out of the woodwork and progressive hard rockers Neotokyo are definitely one of those bands.
Since 2011 Neotokyo have been working their asses off building a loyal fan base and playing with some of Australia’s most respected bands. Learning from the best they released four track EP Pillars late last year, working with producer Chris Sheldon (Biffy Clyro, Gyroscope).
First track Speak roars into life- a refreshing balance of jagged guitars and ultra-smooth vocals. Fall Into You brings down the pace, throwing raw vocals on top of Silverchair-esque melodies. Fight Fight is the strongest track off the EP and the ambient Red blend soaring lyrics and hard riffs to perfection. Each track is over five minutes long, but it works as Pillars is four tracks of aggressive, hypnotic rock that will totally immerse you. Whilst this is a testament to the talent of Neotokyo, the downside is you have to snap back into reality after 23 minutes.
This is an impressive first look at a promising and refreshing new band – needless to say I can’t wait to see what these guys come up with when they finally release their debut! If you love bands like Strangers, Calling all Cars and The Getaway Plan, then you’ll love these guys.