The Black Tokens
Think pure-valve, beautifully over-driven guitars, a Stranglers-esque rumbling bass sound, classic Moog synth sounds and vocals that lay down the melody and harmonise together like it’s a mini-celebration. These sounds are built around a solid Keith Moon inspired beat.Share
THE BLACK TOKENS are a four-piece Rock 'n' Roll band hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland who draw on a very wide range of influences the band quickly developed a distinctive and instantly recognisable sound all of their own which has been described as "ballsy, attitude-laden, melody-driven, irresistible, brawny Rock ‘n' Roll."
They are currently working in their own home recording studio and rehearsal space perfecting their style which is manifested in up-to-date airings on their Myspace. From a song composition viewpoint they abide by the maxim “less is more” - and it really is. Their influences range from ABBA to The Zutons, however, what they sound like is an altogether more interesting proposition. Think pure valve, beautifully over-driven guitars, a Stranglers-esque rumbling bass sound, classic Moog synth sounds and vocals that lay down the melody and harmonise together like it’s a mini celebration. These sounds are built around a solid Keith Moon inspired beat. Enjoyable and energetic, and they very much enjoy what they do on stage. Remember, less is more!!
The Black Tokens have just returned from a sold-out 4 date tour with ASH on their recent Irish shows, as well as previously playing support to MILBURN, DELORENTOS, KHARMA 45 & HALITE. They have received a significant amount of press and radio coverage in Northern Ireland as well as globally, with songs being broadcast as far afield as Norway, Australia and Argentina. They have also played a live broadcasted acoustic session on BBC Radio Ulster's Across The Line show in September 2006.
Their relentless gigging mentality has moulded them into an extremely accomplished live band. Recent performance highlights include Northern Ireland's ultimate unsigned showcase belFEST ‘06, as well as a headline slot at IMRO's Showcase Tour '07. Last year saw the band play a very successful 3 date tour of Scotland taking in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. They recently made their first appearances on English soil, playing at The Fly and Brixton Windmill to much acclaim, as well as their 4 date sold out Irish tour with ASH. It not only looks like the band's schedule will continue to be a very busy one, but it will also be a very successful year for The Black Tokens.
Summer '07 sees The Black Tokens release their brand new 3 track EP which is now available for public consumption and is available at live shows, and via their official Myspace. There are plans for a second EP later this summer in conjunction with their Irish Festival appearances.
For live bookings, press information, or other Token-related matters please contact +44 (0)7870 620567
EP1 available to listen to at: http://www.myspace.com/theblacktokens
CDs can be sent out on request.
1. Dirty Dark Eyes
3. Movement Sense
5. For You
6. Man Up There
8. Eaten Alive
9. How Does It Feel?