Visions of fuzzy guitar tones, ocean deep vocals and an essence of psychedelia, Tokyo Tea Room are a quintet born in a dark and slightly damp basement. Sharing bills with the likes of Mystery Jets, Wolf Alice, The Big Moon, Super Furry Animals and The Moonlandingz, as well as attracting attention from platforms including BBC Introducing, Tokyo Tea Roomare a band worth the buzz, bringing ethereal vocals entwined with the sweetness of indie melodies to our #NewMusic2018 album.
What’s been your favourite gig so far?
Our recent local headline gigs have all been really good because it’s always very relaxed and our audience are always the best. On the other hand we really enjoy playing in new areas and on big stages where there’s more pressure and professionalism, for example ‘By The Sea Festival’ was great because we got treated really well, equally our most recent tour support for Spring King had the same feel.
Favourite song to play live?
Worlds Apart. I (Dan) think by the time we get round to it in the set we’re feeling very warmed which allows us to have fun and play the song without really thinking about it. Also for me I love the movement it has between verse and chorus, and then hitting into the end section with Graham’s solo always brings a smile to my face.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say we create a moody alternative rock vibe with elements of jazz. I listen to a lot of Radiohead, Mac Demarco & Bombay Bicycle Club; in some of our choruses we tend to have heavy moments. When working on songs Sam, Ben, Graham & Beth will sometimes bring other elements to the table which stirs the pot even further, I think really at the end of the day we aim to try and provide unique music that’s not completely transparent.
If you could tour with any band, who would you pick?
I think touring with friends would be really fun, for example Dreamweaver or Tin Foil Astronaut. But in terms of getting a support tour with a band bubbling up now I would say maybe Fizzy Blood who we met the other day who were awesome people, and Spring King for the same reasons.
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Listen to their music here: soundcloud.com/tokyotearoom