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Ben Green

Tokyo Storm Lead Vocalist Ben Green

Manchester born Ben Green is a UK based Rock and Soul singer who now lives in Worcestershire. Bens musical interest was enthused by listening to 70's rock bands such as Whitesnake, Journey and Uriah Heep, these epic bands inspired Ben in his formative years, it wasn't until Ben heard the voice of Paul Rodgers (Bad Company) that he had his calling and discovering that singing was his true vocation. Cutting his teeth aged just 15, Ben performed his first gig fronting a rock band. Something clicked thus leading Ben to front many more over the next few years including a very successful 6-piece Soul & Motown Band. Ben also has a talent for writing his own music and is often seen performing live at Arenas as a pre-curser to well known bands such as Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart and Bad Company.

Jason Edwards

Tokyo Storm Bass Player Jason Edwards

Coming from a musical family, Jason was born and raised in Solihull. He first picked up an acoustic guitar aged 8 but unfortunately couldn't get his small hands around the neck. It wasn't until his early teens after purchasing a second-hand electric guitar that he spent many hours behind closed doors learning to play. Jason has been in various rock bands over the years either as Guitarist, Vocalist or Bassist but has always liked to produce and perform original material with varied influences such as Duran Duran, U2, Toto and Great White. Bass guitar became his first choice of instrument a few years ago. Very much like a 6 string, but only 4 strings and much cooler! He joined Tokyo Storm in late 2017 having developed an optimistic state of mind while listening to the bands fresh material.

Bob Peach

Tokyo Storm's Drummer & Producer Bob Peach

When professionalism is a prerequisite and you need to call on experienced Bob Peach is the musician who fits the bill. Bob has worked, toured and produced bands for many years. The role models who inspired and shaped Bob in his early years were John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and Simon Phillips (Toto). Bob has also acquired the knowledge and skills as a producer and has over the years landed him publishing deals in the USA and Canada. Having previously played on two albums, Bob has now turned his skills to writing and recording in his own studio and in the last couple of years has teamed back up with Joe Bartnicki to write and record Optimistic State Of Mind.

Joe Bartnicki

Tokyo Storm Lead Guitarist & Producer

Birmingham born, Joe discovered a taste for music at the age of six, learning to play the piano (self-taught) before discovering the guitar at the age of 14, Forming his first band at the age of 15 Joe soon discovered a passion for penning his own material & has performed, wrote and arranged music for many bands he has played with over the years. Joe now finds himself coming full circle by teaming back up with Bob Peach who he first collaborated with at the age of 17. Optimistic State of Mind is testimony to the creative, writing and producing skills Joe has acquired along his winding musical highway.

Album Reviews

Richard Wall,
Author of the novel, Fat Man Blues

Congratulations on your album,
it's a quality product and you all should be proud of it. For those of a certain age, the very mention of AOR (Adult Oriented Rock) brings back memories of 1980s MTV Rock Videos featuring a skinny, spandex-clad guitar hero atop a butte in Monument Valley at sunset, waist-length hair flowing in the wind as a helicopter appears behind him (there was always a helicopter in MTV rock videos). The 1980s was its heyday and AOR bands such as Toto, Foreigner, Journey, Asia and Yes (the Trevor Horn version) ruled the airwaves and TV screens until, inevitably, music trends changed and AOR sank without a trace. Well now it's back. Tokyo Storm are a four-piece band from Bewdley, who are making waves on the Worcestershire music scene with their debut album, 'Optimistic State Of Mind', a collection of ten original songs with an even spread of driving rock songs and power ballads that offers something for everyone. The album opens with the title track, a blistering, supercharged V8 engine of a song, which sets the tone for all that is to come, and, in this reviewer's opinion, is good enough to stand alongside any AOR classic from yesteryear. Releasing a debut album of original AOR material is a gutsy move, but it's clear that OSOM is very well-produced. Each of the ten songs is crafted well and delivered impeccably. The standard of songwriting, musicianship, and production has resulted in a polished and professional-sounding debut collection, of which the band ought to be proud. Tokyo Storm are here to stay and have the chops to go on to bigger and better things. Can they resurrect AOR? With an optimistic state of mind, I rather think they can.

Richard Wall

By Keith James Sinclair
ELO Beatles Forever

The title says it all. Once you've listened to the debut album from new Midlands based rock quartet Tokyo Storm, you will enter into an "Optimistic State Of Mind" thanx to an impressive array of well crafted songs underpinned by the guitar craft of Joe Bartnicki, top class vocalist Ben Green, ace drummer Bob Peach and bassist Jason Edwards, their latest recruit. Admirers of the rockier edge of ELO, Paul Rodgers/Free, Journey, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Yes, Kansas and those classic American rock bands we all know and love will find "Optimistic State Of Mind" an approachable and familiar album blended with instantly likeable guitar licks, searching lyrics with meaning and the heartbeat of superb percussion. If the title track doesn't grab your attention, then the moody "Silent Obsession" and "Lady Darkness" will if not the jealousy tinged "Is This Love", the driving anthem that is "Tune" or elevated ballad "Stormy Night". "Kill The Machines" is a call to arms hard to ignore too. The song that makes this album and closes it is my personal fave, the wonderful eleven minute instrumental piece entitled "Signals". With elements of Pink Floyd and some superlative musicianship on display, it provides balance and a fitting album closer leaving the listener with a knowing smile that they have just experienced a stunning rock album from start to finish. Tokyo Storm are looking for a label to provide a platform for their music. The likes of Frontiers, SPV, Angel Air and Cherry Red would do well to sit up and take notice. A Tokyo Storm is coming! ____ Trax: "Optimistic State Of Mind" ~ "Is This Love" ~ "Tune" ~ "Stormy Night" ~ "Kill The Machines" ~ "Silent Obsession" ~ "Fire In Your Eyes" ~ "Lady Darkness" ~ "Summer Feeling" ~ "Signals" Tokyo Storm are: Ben Green (Vocals) + Bob Peach (Drums, Percussion) + Joe Bartnicki (Guitars, Bass, Keyboards) + Jason Edwards (Bass, Vocals)..