Tokyo Rock 'N' Roll Can Rescue The World
Name: Electric Eel Shock
Where They’re From: Tokyo, Japan
Genre: Garage rock. Also, metal.
Most Similar: The Dirtbombs, Guitar Wolf
Sounds Like: The Jaws of Life, plugged-in
Tokyo garage punks Electric Eel Shock have been on that wigged-out grind since 1997, but they won’t quit. Not with so many souls out there to save. The power trio is famed for translating their fanatical devotion to Black Sabbath, The Ramones and all the other black sheep of classic rock into a glorious live show exploding with pyrotechnic solos and degenerate Hendrix vamping. Things might catch on fire. Drummer Tomoharu “Gian” Ito will probably have four drumsticks and no pants. If there’s hope for you at all, Electric Eel Shock could be it.
Starting with Maybe… I Think We Can Beat Nirvana, the band has released several full-length garage revelations and shaken up nearly every corner of the globe. They’re about to head out on another mission of mercy with extraterrestrial punk maniacs Peelander-Z starting in October. For the first time since 2006, they’ll be defibrillating the funkless all across the US and you could be among them. (If you are okay on funk for the time being, we probably had you at “degenerate” and “Hendrix.”) If you miss them this time, don’t worry because they are pretty much always on tour as documented in Sex, Drugs, Email, the documentary with the best name ever.
While you watch the following video, ask yourself these questions: What’s your favorite band? Is their drummer naked? Can rock ‘n’ roll rescue the world? We’ll answer the last one on behalf of Electric Eel Shock: You bet your Flying V it can.