We review the new single from TOKEO – King Of The Town
Packed full of hard hitting vitriolic angst, this new single from North West post-punk rockers TOKEO brings together elements of punk, grunge and even rap to shine a light on the widening class gap and give voice to a forgotten generation growing up outside the big cities.
Brimming with cynicism and anger and driven by its cutting commentary of life in Manchester’s mill towns, King Of The Town is unapologetic in its sneering observations. Tackling drugs, dole and despair at a lack of future, this track is truly a soundtrack to 2022s disenfranchised youth in the same way that The Jam, Billy Bragg, and the like have been in the past.
Putting aside its eye catching lyrics for a moment, it is equally as interesting musically. Ever evolving, it seems to take on different genres at will throughout, at one moment conjuring up images of pearl jam, then breaking into a rock-rap verse, before eventually dropping into a indie-fused guitar track, then going full circle and aptly ending with a grungey riff.
The versatility of their sound would be impressive over the space of an album, to display it all in one song is staggering. Throw this together with lyrics that paint such a vivid picture of so many people’s lives today and the result is a special track. Definitely, one which needs to be heard far and wide.
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