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Mutants - Tokyo Nights

  by Daniel Cressey

published: 5 / 7 / 2015

Mutants - Tokyo Nights
Label: Killer Tracks
Format: CD


Glorious rock and roll on second album from punk supergroup the Mutants, which include Adam and the Ants bassist Chris Constantinou and Damned drummer Rat Scabies, and involves on this record a rotating set of Japanese guest stars

'Tokyo Nights' does not mess around. This is a glorious blast of take-no-prisoners and give-no-fucks rock and roll. Although there are stalwart UK musicians forming the core of the Mutants – including Adam Ant bassist Chris Constantinou and punk legend Ray Scabies – as the title suggests this album is looking east. All the songs are fronted - and frankly dominated - by a rotating set of Japanese guest stars. Some of their names may be familiar to fans of music best played loud. Guitar Wolf have spent their career distilling rock and roll down past clichés into a leather-jacket-clad, sunglasses-always-on, turned-up-to-maximum purity. Here they bring the same vibe to guest on ‘Dead Beat Generation’ where Seiji’s howls are as incomprehensibly thrilling as ever. More refined, if equally thrilling, the 5,6,7,8s shot to attention in the west after featuring in 'Kill Bill'. On ‘Mama's Got a Brand New Knife’ their frontwoman Ronnie Fujiyama proves just a willing and able as Seiji. It’s not all screaming noise. 'Whisky for Breakfast' takes a more hillbilly approach while 'Bamboo Moon' sounds like nothing so much as a soundtrack to a Japanese spaghetti western. What is actually being said in these songs will remain a mystery to people without a grasp of the language of the singers, although this matters little as 'Tokyo Nights' ranges through surf to garage to, well, there is probably a bit of any prefix you can stick on the word rock in here somewhere. At times this gets chaotic. But mostly it is a beautiful, if bonkers, beast. Those who cannot find something to like in this collection are probably missing some fundamental organ related to fun. If 'Tokyo Nights' does not sound like your cup of tea, well there is even a track on this album for that too: 'Hey Ho, Fuck You'.

Track Listing:-
1 Flamenco Boogaloo
2 Hey! Ho! F*ck You
3 Ichi the Killer
4 Dead Beat Generation
5 Samurai Death Wish
6 Absolute Zero
7 Mojo Burning
8 Whisky for Breakfast
9 Broken Bells
10 Bamboo Moon
11 Tokyo Labyrinth
12 Mama's Got a Brand New Knife

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