I Die Tomorrow, from Boston’s Tokyo Tramps, flows as effortlessly as the Mississippi.
Straddling rock, blues, New Orleans funk, and more, this seventh record of the
band’s 20-year career shows husband and wife team of guitarist/singer Satoru
Nakagawa and bassist/singer Yukiko Fujii hitting an almost Zen-like groove in
releasing 6 albums of original material and experiencing life’s ups and downs
over the last 18 years, Tokyo Tramps have no fear in bringing their true inner
voice to the world.
tales of life, love, friends and fiends; universal themes to be sure, but told
from a deeply personal perspective. Propelled by fiery guitar work as equally
rooted in Delta mud as it is in Hendrix-inspired tones, Tokyo Tramps’ take on
blues-infused classic rock is unlike anyone else. “This album is a watershed
moment for us,” says Yukiko. “It’s a milestone. We went through so much to make
this record. We almost lost hope on it ever seeing the light of day. But we
didn’t, and now we have the best record we’ve ever made.”
is closest we’ve come so far to the original sound I’ve always been after,”
adds Satoru. “American music changed our lives.”
graduation from high school, Satoru Nakagawa left home for Louisiana. He was
baptized by American roots music. It’s deeply embedded in his soul. Yukiko
Fujii gave up her career in Tokyo and came to America to sing the music she
grew up with and moved her deeply. Satoru and Yukiko met in Boston and formed
Tokyo Tramps in 1999. It has never been an easy ride.
all great artists Tokyo Tramps have channeled frustration, anger, and
aggravation into their explosive new album If I Die Tomorrow. This
energy, propelled by a Jimi Hendrix influenced fuzz guitar sound announces, “If
the world doesn’t care about us, why should we?” That emotion was the beginning
of this new album. As they experimented with various songs and ideas, they
found they were digging deep into the groove of modern and classic New Orleans
music, which is inherently funky to its core.
Tramps definitely are the blues. However, their music has never fit into one
genre and they have never been your ordinary blues band. With these songs and
this vision, it’s now or never. Because simply put, we all may die tomorrow.