If you are looking for a tasty slab of rock ‘n’ roll to take around with you in the heat of summer this year, then lock in your mp3 players, grab the Just Part of the System EP from UK rockers Token Joker, and unite the two. The four track encounter is a magnetic and invigorating slice of sonic enterprise to while away the day with whilst revealing exactly why the Devon quintet is beginning to create a stir in the UK rock scene.
Not much more than a year since the band emerged, Token Joker has been on a determined course and potent rise reaching a first pinnacle with the forthcoming release of their debut EP. Before its creation though, the Dawlish hailing band has grabbed plenty of attention for the melody rich, hook loaded songs of lead vocalist Leon Welsh and rhythm guitarist/vocalist Matt Coleman. Within weeks of stepping from the shadows, the band found itself courted by a London promotion company which led to their playing the O2 Academy Islington. This was followed by shows with bands such as of The Tricks, The Others, and The Beaches as well as appearances at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, Teignmouth Carnival, and the Oxjam Exeter Takeover. It was a busy and successful 2014 for the band, global radio play another emerging success, and it has continued into this year. Recorded with producer Paul Reeve (Muse, Razorlight, Supergrass) this past March and mastered by Simon Heyworth (Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells), the eagerly anticipated Just Part of the System is now set to awaken a new spotlight on the band, a focus sure to be reinforced by the excellent song Ride the Train which is taken from the EP and firing up radio shows and stations through Token Joker linking up with renowned UK radio plugging company Pluggin’ Baby.
The EP opens with 10,000 Angels, a short atmospheric instrumental which sparks the imagination if not the ears to the same degree. It does lure in an attentive intrigue though, the piece like a dawning of bigger things, which turn out to be arriving in the shape of Green. The first track evolves seamlessly into its successor; tendrils of spicy coaxing from the guitar emerging from the previous sonic haze as thumping rhythms also add their invitation. That flavoursome enterprise turns into fiery grooves and hearty riffs from Chris Dearing and Matt Coleman respectively soon after, whilst the rhythmic side of the song gains greater weight and voice through the muscular swings of drummer Rupert Waldron and throaty basslines of Michael Jackson. It is an aggressive yet respectful enticing enhanced by the expressive vocals of Leon Welsh. Cross its length the song continues to endear itself to ears and thoughts, never quite exploding as it hints at, but feeding an awakening appetite to sparkling hooks and feisty textures.
Things kick up another gear with Rookie, a great busy stomp of dirt clad rock ‘n’ roll with an almost volatile character to its persuasion and a combative energy to its gait and persuasion. Within this formidable tempting, blues lined melodies colour the dramatic landscape, adding even more alluring hues to the gripping roar of the increasingly impressive song.
The EP is completed by the outstanding Ride the Train, a track swiftly taking ears and emotions on a feisty and heady course of provocative grooves and fiery melodies. Alongside this, hooks almost leap at ears as rhythms jab and flirt simultaneously with the senses whilst the voice of Welsh again creates an attention grabbing roar with range and diversity. An incendiary stomp to light up any mood, it is no wonder that the song alone is raising keen awareness upon the band and now supported by the rest of the EP, sure to be a leading lure across the year.
The band has already found the support of Matt Bellamy of Muse on their side, with many more soon to join the fold once Just Part of the System is unleashed on the nation. The bluesy, heat enriched summer of rock starts here.
The Just Part of the System EP will be released on April 27th digitally via iTunes and on CD.
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