Vancouver’s Rebel Priest is well known in Western Canada for pumping out solid rock n roll tracks and putting on a deadly, old-school stage show. They have three full-length albums to date and to make sure people haven’t forgotten about them, have a four-track EP coming out this summer, “Lost In Tokyo”.
The first single off the EP is the title track; it’s a story about their first couple of nights in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan, which is famed for its entertainment including buzzing clubs and neon-lit karaoke bars. Consider this song your drunken guide to bars and places that the band has fond memories of. They explain further:
“This is your own personal guide to downtown Tokyo. This song will take you on a ride through Shinjuku on your way to Golden Gai, waking up in Shimokitazawa then taking the train to Shibuya and hanging with the strangers in Harajuku. This is based on a true story, though piecing the story together is a bit sloppy because it was over a few days. This is our love song to our favourite city in the world.”
Not only did Japan leave its mark on the band, but the boys left theirs as well. Every place mentioned in ”Lost In Tokyo” is an actual place that has Rebel Priest stuff on the walls, this was due to drummer Nate Pole and roadie Jerry “Pred S. Thompson” leaving the hotel the first night without any translator or ideas where they were going. To this day they don’t know how they got back or how people knew them in bars they had never been to.
The grease-infused Trash N’ Roll signature sound is recommended for fans of Motörhead, ZZ Top, and Rose Tattoo.
The single “Lost In Tokyo” can be heard at the following link:
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The EP releases on August 13, 2021 via Batcave Records. Pre-order links to be announced at a later date.
1. Lost In Tokyo (3:29)
2. Back Alley Blues (3:03)
3. Vulgar Romance (4:15)
4. When The Whip Comes Down (4:33) (Slash Puppet Cover)
EP Length: 15:25
EP Recording Credits:
• All songs performed by: Rebel Priest
• All songs written by: Rebel Priest *except “When The Whip Comes Down”, Music: Slash Puppet, Lyrics: Mif
• Produced by: Rene Garcia
• Mixed by: Rene Garcia
• Mastered by: Rene Garcia
• Album Artwork by: Nate Pole
• Member of SOCAN
• Canadian Content (MAPL)
EP and Live Band Line Up:
Jayme Black – Vocals/Bass
Benny Kemp – Guitars/Vocals
Nate Pole – Drums/Vocals
For more info:
Rebel Priest is a no-nonsense, real-deal rock n’ roll band composed of three seasoned musicians who have been making their way through the Western Canadian rock n roll scene for years. Vocalist/bassist Jayme Black (Lust Boys, The Toxiks); guitarist/vocalist Benny Kemp (Lust Boys, Road Rash); and drummer/vocalist Nate Pole (Kill Matilda, The Toxiks) bring nothing but unadulterated, high energy grease infused Trash N’ Roll!
The band has had the pleasure of touring Japan, and performing alongside bands such as Udo (Accept), Lordi, Diamond Head, Crystal Pistol, Flotsam, and Jetsam along with playing many headlining gigs with the energy of Motorhead meets Motley Crue.
Since forming in 2014, the band has released three studio albums „R’ley Heavy” (2019), Enabler (2017 ), Self-Titled (2015) along with one live record „Dead Alive @ SBC (2017).
Now in 2021, they offering up a slab of new music in the shape of an EP „Lost In Tokyo”, which was written in Japan at the very end of 2019, before the closure, and the band has been sitting on the tracks for over a year. The band even shares a cover rendition of Toronto 80s metal band Slash Puppets’ „When The Whip Comes Down”.
„We had a batch of headbangers and a few didn’t make it, but sometimes songs just need other means to come out. We wanted to set the tone for each one on this EP as opposed to a full-length concept album. Each one is a juggernaut on their own and will stand strong without having to be bound to the others… and as for more music … oh Lemmy tell ya! We aren’t slowing down, we are gonna have stuff coming at ya throughout the rest of the year, LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN!” adds Jayme Black (vocals/bassist).
Recommended for fans of Guns n’ Roses, AC/DC and Motley Crue, Rebel Priest’s new EP „Lost In Tokyo” will be available on August 13th, 2021 via Batcave Records.