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"The Black Tokens, with their own brand of indie rock and roll, took to the stage at the Spring and Airbrake to provide support on the night. Lead singer Niall Graham commanded the front line with style, and even brought out his Liam Gallagher-esque tambourine occasionally, as the band cruised through their set of Stonesey rock, much to the crowd's delight."

- BBC ATL website, June 2007


"Serving up good time rock 'n' roll, the five piece band from Belfast aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. They've got the swagger of a young Oasis plus the riffs of Cream or Led Zeppelin and catchy melodies reminiscent of The Yardbirds or early Who."


- Belfast Telegraph, June 2007


"Exuding modish charm and effortless cool are five-strong gang The Black Tokens. Following a brief intro of darkly electronic tones they soon kick into their stride of irresistible and brawny rock 'n' roll. Displaying so much swagger and chic you would swear they were Mancunian, at one stage their singer is lost in a frenzy of hair and tambourine. They have carved their own niche in the NI music scene and with tracks like "Movement Sense" and "Man Up There" they have cut a distinct sound that is all raw edge wrapped in slick, melodious rock."
- Alternative Ulster Magazine, May 2007


"The Black Tokens - a band making quite a name for themselves on the N.I scene with their energetic performances and unique mod-tinged brand of rock'n'roll."


- BBC NI ATL website, May 2007


"The Black Tokens are an altogether less complicated proposition. Unashamedly retro, they ape the proud lineage of the Rolling Stones, playing earnest bluesy rock. Credit where it's due, what they do, they do exceedingly well, they may sell us short on invention, but you have to admire their craft. Fine vocals and blistering guitar ensure that there is plenty to enjoy"


- belFEST 2006 review Alternative Ulster Magazine, December 2006


"The Black Tokens, a thrilling, indie hipster’s choice, swaggered on next, bringing a cool rock n’ roll aesthetic along with them. “How Does It Feel?” is a testament to their capabilities, and by the time vocalist Niall Graham danced his way around the stage with his tambourine and twangy vocals, proved that their hard-edged, indie dance was a treat and highlight of the night."
- belFEST 2006 review BBC ATL site November 2006


Discography

EP1 available to listen to at: http://www.myspace.com/theblacktokens

CDs can be sent out on request.

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Bio

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