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"Long Tall Cobra Box Review"

Now, it's not very often that I'd let a band's self-penned description influence my review of their music. Lord knows, bands can sometimes be prone to hyperbole when it comes to themselves. And it's even rarer that I'd actually let that band's words make it's way into the review itself, but damn if the boys from Tok haven't captured the imagination and hammered the nail right on the head with the handwritten note they scrawled to me. "(Our music) is like if the Replacements, Nirvana, the Pixies and the MC5 got in a fistfight. Then someone scooped up all their blood and teeth and rubbed them all over a golden skeleton, and the golden skeleton had a flying V carved out of woolly mammoth tusks. So he's wailing on that thing and some grizzly bear is eating people and playing drums, and every time the bear hits a drum someone's head explodes in a beautiful shower of confetti." Um . . . yeah, that just about does it.

So what does all this mean for the uninitiated or less imaginative? It means one flaming, chaotic, bad-ass mess of punked up rock and roll of the ilk that would make our Ripple brethren Mighty High proud. "What Can I Do," is without a doubt the standout track on this collision of insanity. If you ever wondered what it would sound like if Henry Mancini lived during the punk rock revolution, pierced his cheek, wore a Mohawk, tattered jeans, hated humanity, and wrote the Peter Gunn theme while strung out on uppers, here's your answer. An absolutely devastating, brash demonstration of rawk and roll, driven by that massive drum and bass "secret-agent" riff while the boys, full of snot, wail on "Every night I hope and pray that the world becomes a disaster/I don't mind if you don't bother me, I'm gonna keep on being a bastard." Absolutely incendiary stuff. A song so addictive it's already been outlawed in several states and been responsible for the formation of 19 detox centers. Not content to stop there, the Tok brothers, Bryan and Matt Basler, rage through meth-speed rave-ups like "Dracula Time, "I'll Get Even Later," "Hot Rod Goat," and "Been Thankless," all overflowing with MC5 mania. They even slow it down for a punk jazz torch song, "All The Time."

In truth, the album is a bit rough around the edges, and nothing quite lives up to the sheer shove-it-up-your-ass-and-smile brilliance of "What Can I Do," but it doesn't matter. This beauty is worth listening to for "What Can I Do," alone. And if that song is any inclination of what the Tok boys are capable of, then I'm willing to bet they got lots more gems up their sleeves, just waiting to be unfettered on a helpless population.

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--Racer - The Ripple Effect


"RFT Review"

As co-leaders of Tok, brothers Bryan and Matt Basler revel in thick, hazy riffs of stoner rock, which they layer over an articulated but unrepentant rhythm section. Parts of the album sound like a sampler disc of Sub Pop Records' early-'90s roster. Opener "Got No Need" has all the crunch, speed and bravado of Bleach-era Nirvana, while elsewhere the twisted twang of the Supersuckers and the super-fuzz of Mudhoney pop up. But it isn't all louder/faster/stronger on Cobra Box: "Cars Drive Much Faster" dabbles in power balladry (in a good way) and "Quick Enough" comes off like a more plaintive Social Distortion. But the brothers Basler were born to rock, and the majority of these fourteen tracks make that clear. What's fascinating is Tok's ability to take the genre of stoner rock — one that is built upon repetition — and make an album of varied rock & roll that never repeats itself.
- Christian Schaeffer
- River Front Times


Discography

2008 - Long Tall Cobra Box (Self released)

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Tok is relentless. A mighty juggernaut of rock and roll. Formed by brothers Bryan and Matt Basler, Tok does what needs to be done to rock.
In 2007, the band was poised to make what would be their debut album "Long Tall Cobra Box". Before any recording could be done, they were left drummerless. Rather than waste anymore time, the Baslers decided to make the record themselves. The result was 14 tracks that "...destroy standard rock n roll and build it into something traditional but unique at the same time" (Jersey Beat).
With the album completed Tok needed a way to play live. So they again decided to waste no time and get things done. With Bryan on his normal duties of guitar and vocals, Matt would either play drums or bass while also managing his vocal duties. The empty spot would be filled by a circle of friends who are on call to round out the sound of Tok, although in a pinch the brothers will perform as a two piece. Whatever it takes.
Tok has played with Wesley Willis, Texas Terri, The Burden Brothers, Local H