Toshi and Chinatsu met each other in the acting studio in NYC. Both of them have extensive theatre trainings. One of their classmates suggested to form a band and they are still performing together. Their appearance at CBGB, Knitting Factory etc, received high praises both from Eastern and Western audience. They won the Fresh Fruit Award 2005, The best of Open Mic Performance Award.
Toshi Nakayama - vocal
Chinatsu Uehara - vocal
Tokyo Penguin (2007)
Tokyo Penguin (Special Pick)
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Okay, all you need to do is check out Tokyo Penguinfs Myspace page to get the whole picture. It sho...Okay, all you need to do is check out Tokyo Penguinfs Myspace page to get the whole picture. It shouldnft take more than a few seconds after the music starts playing for you to become completely hellbent on wanting to see this band live. Thatfs not to say that youfll understand why, though. Everything about the sound seems devilish and intriguing, and while theyfre nothing similar to bands that I usually like, something about the music makes me need to hear every song to the end. But itfs not just that: the photos and and general eatmospheref rendered make it clear that in addition to addicting tunes, Tokyo Penguin puts on an incredible show.
i heard them on radio dentata
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Friday, February 13, 2009 Review: Tokyo Penguin - Demo Tokyo Penguin – Tokyo Penguin 2008...Friday, February 13, 2009
Review: Tokyo Penguin - Demo
Tokyo Penguin – Tokyo Penguin
2008, Tokyo Penguin
Tokyo Penguin is the pairing of Toshi Nakayama and Chinatsu Uehara, two Japanese expatriates who met at a New York City acting class. Borrowing from the worlds of J-Pop, Broadway, American pop, electronic, Motown and anything else they can lay their hands on, Tokyo Penguin create a menagerie of sounds you have to hear to believe. Debuting at CBGBfs DownStairs Lounge in 2005, Tokyo Penguin has received accolades from both Eastern and Western audiences. Tokyo Penguin submitted a demo for review.
Tokyo Penguin is one of the most eclectic groups wefve heard here at Wildyfs World. Their demo opens with Boogeyman, which is pure club kitsch, a very danceable tune with a frenetic beat. It sounds like The B-52fs on acid in a hall of mirrors. The Fish Monger is about a possibly unhealthy fascination with a fish seller, sung by the Lollipop Guild. Wanton Girl is an interesting mix of electric and acoustic sounds that samples eastern trills amidst Drum N Bass and distorted guitar. Astounding is an alt-rock gem with electronic elements and occasionally dissonant harmonies. Mandala/Mandala is the only song here that doesnft quite work; it becomes something of a sonic mess. Oh! Oui Oui is definite club material. I can see this doing very well in that environment as it is an obsessively mindless song about hooking up. Ying Yang is an interesting track. Chinatsu Uehara is actually quite a competent rapper, whereas Toshi Nakayama is more flamboyant and over the top ala Fred Schneider.
Tokyo Penguinfs sound will be familiar to fans of J-Pop, and draws on enough Western influences to hold interest of American audiences. The B-52fs comparison is apt although Tokyo Penguin might even be more eclectic. With the right song or moment Tokyo Penguin could be huge. More likely they will develop a very strong and loyal if not overly large following that will keep them making music as long as they want. An intriguing listen.
Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Tokyo Penguin at www.myspace.com/tobetobepenguin or iacmusic.com/tokyopenguin.
Posted by Wildy at 5:10 AM
Labels: Fred Schneider, J-Pop, The B-52's, The Lollipop Guild
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gA zany and crazy mix of pop and rock coupled with fun and charismatic personas. The TPs are an awa...gA zany and crazy mix of pop and rock coupled with fun and charismatic personas. The TPs are an award-winning funky fresh duo ready to cast a sonic spell all over you.h
Justin Ocean, Next Magazine
Fresh Fruit Festival
"Inexplicable Japanese Psyche"
We have done 15-60 min show.
We change the content according to how long the show is and who we have in the audience.
The Fish Monger & Me
Oh! Oui Oui
Go Baby Go
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