Tokyo Raid is a 3 piece rock band from San Francisco. Described as a brave fuzzy cocktail of neo-psyche, garage, punk and straight ahead rock.
Toyko Raid started as The Mandarins in early November of 2004. The Mandarins were formed by singer-guitarist Ben Utah, organist Ailene Bui and drummer Mike Manocchi in 2004; guitarist Dean Taylor joined them in 2005.
In 2008, the Mandarins were revamped and the new sound was christened with a new moniker, Tokyo Raid by Ben and Mike Thompson. Ben had met Mike through a band they both filled in for. Switching to bass, Ben and Mike auditioned guitarists. Striped down to a lean three piece. Tokyo Raid quickly put together a lean, tight set, expanding on ideas presented on Cleopatra. Mike's thunderous drumming gave a new life to old songs and brought a fierceness not seen in the previous outings the band. Tokyo Raid is often cited for their ferocious live show. In March of 2011, Ty Gerhardt (Song for Snakes, The Girlfriend Experience) joined on guitar.
In 2005, Tokyo Raid released two self-produced EP's, ''Pictures of Prague'' and 'When The Devil Calls, Tell Him To Take A Number''. In 2006, The band recorded their third EP, entitled ''Cleop...