Tokyo Motor Fist // Lions // Album Review

Back in 2017, two heavyweights of 80’s Melodic Rock came together and created what could be best described as a SuperBand and the world rejoiced. The voice of Danger Danger, Ted Poley joined forces with Trixter’s Steve Brown to bring back the party with a new venture – Tokyo Motor Fist. When they released their first self-titled album, the thought was can it really get any better any this? Well, the answer is a resounding YES in the form of their latest album, Lions.

This latest release brings back that 80’s party vibe while maintaining a modern feel so you don’t feel quite like you’ve stepped back in time fully. Full of major hooks and riffs, this is a band who knows how to draw you in and keep you entertained once they have you. With everything from brass instruments in “Sedona” to the classic riffs in “Monster in Me” and “Decadence on 10th Street” there really is something for everyone to love in one album. The energy from Poley’s live shows can be felt throughout the album and there is no better example than “Around Midnight” which is guaranteed to get you dancing around the room. Although if your seeking a classic ballad sound then the title track “Lions” focuses on that dramatic sound which includes synthesizers and is everything you want and more. As the album plays through, you can’t help but feel uplifted and in a good mood, which in these times is exactly what some of us need to cheer ourselves up. 

Tokyo Motor Fist has delivered once again in a killer album which takes you on a ride you don’t want to get off. So whether you’re a fan of Danger Danger, Def Leppard or Bon Jovi, this is an album which is needed for your record collection. 


Lions is released Friday, July 10 via Frontiers Music


Emmie Ellis



  1. Youngblood
  2. Monster In me
  3. Around Midnight
  4. Mean It
  5. Lions
  6. Decadence on 10th Street
  7. Dream Your Heart Out
  8. Blow Your Mind
  9. Sedona
  10. Look Into Me
  11. Winner Takes All


Line Up:

Ted Poley – Vocals

Steve Brown – Guitar, Vocals & Keyboards

Chuck Burgi – Drums

Greg Smith – Bass & Vocals

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