Tokyo Sexwhale
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Tokyo Sexwhale

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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"Deep Cutz"

I was raised on surf rock: The Ventures, Dick Dale, Pulp Fiction soundtrack, The Beach Boys — surf is a genre that, above all, worships the guitar and values tone. Maybe that’s why I’m so biased to fall in love with Tokyo Sexwhale. The syrupy reverb, the pipeline grooves, the sunny-twanged bonfire blaze and Woody-cruisin anthems are all captured perfectly by this quartet of young locals from Ann Arbor (pictured). Certainly not tied to just surf (though they do a mean cover of the Magnum P.I. theme), they are rooted more in the blitzing improv of jazz melded into grit with the drive of a traditional rock band. Come pay homage to the glories of fuzzy fender aristocracy two weeks from now, Feb. 5, at the Blind Pig, when Tokyo Sexwhale joins Sik-Sik Nation, Cetan Clawson Revolution and Tone & Niche for a hot-blooded rock night in the dead of winter. - Real Detroit Weekly


"Warm tones for wintery depths"

Snow lines the curb and ice imperils the sidewalk. Your windshield's frozen and your lungs sting. Sounds like the perfect weather for shimmying sundurst surf rock! Yeah!
It's only February, with the new year still settling in- and I've already got a new favorite- the keen classic surf-rock-instrumental revivalists Tokyo Sexwhale (Ann Arbor, www.myspace.com/tokyosects). Sure, their sand-speckled sunset adventurism and Woody-cruisin-grooves might feel outta place set against the chill outside, but it's a marvelous presentation- tight, talented and devoted to fuzzy fender aristocracy, be it Ventures, Dick Dale (or even Magnum P.I. theme). - Current Magazine (Ann Arbor, MI)


Discography

Surf Style Demo, Hot Sects EP, Newd

We're regularly played, and have played live on 88.3, WCBN-FM, Ann Arbor. We've received play on a few other college stations in southern Michigan.

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Formed in the wintry depths of 2007, Tokyo Sexwhale was born a child of nostalgia, quickly outgrowing it's diapers to don the jumpsuit of a true rock band. Sharpened by the whetstone of improvisation, this four-manimal sets out to make surf rock relevant again by injecting its putrid corpse with liquefied adrenal gland. Bringing his Eastern European cage-fighting skills, Stefan Krstovic funks around percussively, keeping time like orange clockwork, laying the groundwork for a sound that comes from a quadro in number only. Driving "The Whale" is Nicolas Mirsky who has the licks and the logs to lay the lumber with his six-stringed rock rumbler, paying homage to the originators of the surf guitar. Influenced by everything from funk to lightning storms to deep-sea creatures, Thew caresses the black and whites to whip up tasty treats for the masses to munch on whilst creating a cosmospherical soundscape hitherto unknown. Tyler Carr, when not donating musical equipment to the wicked in the dead of night, brings his skills and scales to his famous four string freshwater flounder, henceforth completing the anatomy of the Whale in all its mammalian grandeur. Rooted in original surf, and creating authentic originals, Tokyo Sexwhale looks to energize and creatively open SE Michigan's fourth eye to the splendors of a truly tumultuous torrent of tonal tweakings and tyraids. Surf's up, hoes down.