The Tonic Rays

The Tonic Rays

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In which musicians from the U.S., U.K., and Japan reinvent a rustic, sitar-spiced, and surprisingly catchy species of psychedelic folk-rock that Jefferson Airplane or the Shocking Blue might recognize.

Biography

Marie Dance does most of the singing, plays rhythm (and occasional lead) guitar and co-writes the T-Rays' chart-toppin' hits. Very brave, yet also sensitive, an intriguing combination of rough and delicate, naughty and angelic. Joe Cummings plays lead guitar, sings harmonies and occasional lead, and also writes songs for the band. Sun Ray, the bassist is a tall, shy Thai hippie with torn jeans who, when you finally get to know him (and it takes a long time, even if you speak Thai), will surprise you with his intelligence and his detailed knowledge of classic rock history. Drummer Mark Iwamoto hails from Tokyo but has spent a lot of time in the USA and now Thailand. Grounded in rock, but with interests in Latin and African percussion, he was an early regular at the Mt Fuji Rock Festival. The Tonic Rays' major inspiration is the new rock renaissance, that is, doing what you can with two guitars, bass and drums. Our diverse nfluences include Kings of Leon, Jefferson Airplane, Fleetwood Mac, White Stripes, Black Keys, Traffic, Jimi Hendrix, Dusty Springfield, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Shocking Blue.

Lyrics

After The Flash

Written By: Joe Cummings

Last night
as I lay in bed,
I thought about
all the things she said

The little speeches,
they totalled four,
Each one more dilute
than the one before.

Number 1, 'I loved you since the day we met'
Number 2, 'More than you will ever know'
Number 3, 'There are many different kinds of love'
And number 4, 'I won't let myself love you no more!'

One lone candle
won't keep me warm,
One lone candle
don't shed much light.

Just a little bit of soot
and a little bit of ash,
all that was left
after the flash.

For one last time
I recited her name,
Then I dug deep inside
and blew out the flame.

Just a few matches
and some gasoline,
left the room
almost clean.

From a lone candle
to a raging fire,
in no time at all
nothing left to admire.

Just a little bit of soot
and a little bit of ash
are all that's left
after the flash.

The little speeches,
they totalled four,
Each one more dilute
than the one before.

Number 1, 'I loved you since the day we met'
Number 2, 'I love you more than you will ever know'
Number 3, 'There are many different kinds of love'
And number 4, 'I won't let myself love you no more!'

I won't let myself love you no more.
Won't let myself love you no more
I won't let myself love you no more.
Won't let myself love you no more
I won't let myself love you no more.
Won't let myself love you no more
I won't let myself love you no more.
Won't let myself love you no more

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Disintegration

Written By: Joe Cummings

Time …
the final frontier
a mapless terrain,
a cheerless career

You …
fed me white gold
You said it would make me
hyperdimensional
It just made me hyper

(chorus)
Disintegration
is gonna start
Disintegration
It’s pulling us apart

Space …
a thousand miles
a billion stars
yawning between us

I …
can't turn back the clock
can't bridge the gulf
that wells up between us
I'm just drowning

repeat chorus

All …
all of your talk
just widens the gap
between the places we are
and the people we were

Life …
and our little story
only remind us
that time creates space
and space causes pain

repeat chorus

Icon

Written By: Joe Cummings

Golden icon on the shelf;
deny your ego, lose your self.
Drinking gin all through the night,
contemplate the candlelight.

You'll try to use me as a way out;
That love's escape, there is no doubt.
But is there freedom in a lover's embrace,
or is it just another way
to hide your face?

(chorus)
Well I'm trying, trying, trying anyhow;
There ain't no way to stop me now.
I'm running, stumbling, crawling back
to where I came in,
and I came without you
and I'll leave without you,
just the same

I'll never ever make a move;
If you want me, say you do.
Take me outta this dark, dark night,
I wanna see you in the morning light

chorus

outro

Oh yes, I realise
someday I'll get back
all my lies
all my lies
all my lies

Strangest Kind

Written By: Marie Dance

You are the strangest kind
The strangest kind of friend
You are the strangest kind
The strangest kind of friend

You are the strangest kind
The strangest kind of beautiful
You are the strangest kind
The strangest kind of beautiful

You’re the sunrise in my morning
Even when your not there
You stop the daytime boring
Just letting me know you care

I got the strangest kind
The strangest kind of fear
That one day I’ll turn around
And you will not be here

You’re the sunrise in my morning
Even when your not there
You stop the daytime boring
Just letting me know you care

You are the strangest kind
The strangest kind of beautiful
You are the strangest kind
The strangest kind of friend

Too Lazy to Break Your Heart

Written By: Joe Cummings

Too lazy to love
Too lazy to break your heart

You say you like my style;
You say you like my wild.
Your eyes so blue, your curly black hair;
Legs so long, and skin so rare.

We could go for a ride;
I got nothin’ to hide.

But I’m too lazy to love
Too lazy to break your heart
Too lazy to love
Too lazy to fall apart

Here she comes,
Slippin’ backstage.
Hips so sleek, lips so wide;
We could follow the tide and lay side by side.

Hey sugar, are you askin’ me for a kiss?
Do you really wanna take that risk?

But I’m too lazy to love
Too lazy to break your heart
Yes I’m too lazy to love
Too lazy to come apart

Solo

I’m too lazy to love
Too lazy to break your heart

Yes I’m too lazy to love
Too lazy to fall apart

Discography

The Tonic Rays (CD). Streaming mp3s are also available at CDBaby.com, iTunes, MySpace.com, Napster.com, Rhapsody.com and ReverbNation.com

Set List

We can play a solid three hours, either at one go or divided into two 90-minute sets. In addition to The Tonic Rays originals, we do covers of songs by such bands as Razorlight, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Buckcherry, Kings of Leon and more.