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MALIBU - The Indie Pop/Rock CD Yo Tokyo! is not a one hit wonder album. There are in fact numerous tracks that show promise for a radio station's hit list. This is not surprising when you learn the lead vocalist is Cal Campbell, son of local Malibu residents Glen and Kim Campbell. Musical talent certainly runs in the Campbell family. Yo Tokyo! is on the cutting edge of today's Indie music industry.

"The CD is engineered well," Jon Griffin, a 20-year veteran as an audio engineer and music producer here in Malibu, said in an interview.

"If you look at it from a producer perspective and listen to the way they write, hear the harmonic dissonance, its more like dark poetry," Griffin said.

"The tension, the sonic tension, resolves but keeps you hanging on. They used some of the tools and technology to achieve certain things but not in absence of the musical talent," Griffin said.

"They are a very cohesive rock band," Griffin added.

Cal Campbell's voice captures the artful heart. His tone is polished,and style is versatile. On one track you'll hear a woeful lament of love. Yet on another track, Campbell will rock you down the Los Angeles highways making you care less if the driver in front of you just flipped you off for no reason.

"Cal's vocals are reminiscent of Jeff Buckley or the band Muse. His dynamic range is like that of Jamie Cullum and a blend of elements of the British rock invasion. Yet, they're still a true California band," Griffin said.

Despite the numerous tracks of interest, one song in particular shows great promise to rank high on the Indie art list if not a radio station's most requested mainstream song: Pretty Sorcery.

The opening lyrics of the "Pretty Sorcery" (track #9) on the Indie CD Yo Tokyo! are just as soothing as Campbell's voice. The track is a woeful yet dying for love tale to which most who have experienced love on any level could easily relate.

The lyrics elude to what sophisticated songwriters they are," Griffin said.

Opening Lyrics of Pretty Sorcery:

"Here's to all the times I had to wonder why/but I know now/we could easily/And here's to all the love that's wasted with goodbye/and there's no doubt/we could easily/we could truly be/your pretty sorcery has me off my seat/ it's killing me/If tonight would even swallow me on the way down/. . .

The production and instrumentation on Pretty Sorcery is an absolute tapestry of sound," Griffin said.

"Delicately woven, calming and entrancing. These guys had a lot of fun in the studio," Griffin said.

"But they didn't rely on one of the tricks of bells and whistles. They are a Beach Boys-esque swirl of background vocals and use unconventional rhythmic elements. Pretty Sorcery is evidence that they are not writing just to write. The song is definitely what needs to come through them," Griffin said.

One more track of great interest is She's Looking Over (track #3).

This track conjured up images of Matchbox 20 grooves combined with original qualities such as, once again, lyrics that keep you listening and guitar riffs that are sometimes late 80's that melt into late 60's and early 70's beach sounds.

Opening lyrics of She's Looking Over:

I was on the way back home today/caught a drift of you/and everyone was there/and they stopped and stared/'cause I fell into you/and you're all around me/. . .

"There's a lot happening in music today. This was an eclectic blend that was refreshing. They are so much of an ensemble band," Griffin said.

Yo Tokyo is more than worth the listen and beats by far any mainstream music you've heard on the radio or otherwise.

PCH Press' highest rating is 5 out of 5 stars. Yo Tokyo! is off the PCH Press charts.

Yo Tokyo! is a two disc purchase: CD plus a DVD.

Cal Campbell: Lead Vocals; guitar; programming
Phil Adkins: lead guitar; vocals; programming
John Ransom: bass guitar
David Piribauer: drums; percussion
Engineered by: Darrell Thorpe at Ocean Way and Track Record Studios
Produced by: Cal Campbell, Phil Adkins and Darrell Thorpe
Tracks 1,3,4,5,10 mixed by Darrell Thorpe at Scream Studios
Tracks 2,6,7,9 mixed by Cal Campbell and David Piribauer at the space
Track 8 mixed by Phil Adkins and Cal Campbell
Track 7 String Arrangement by Cal Campbell
Tracks 9 & 10 string arrangement by Cal Campbell, Phil Adkins and David Campbell
Masted by Mike Lazer at Paramount Mastering
DVD filmed and edited by Andy Carson
Artwork by Cody Small

Originally published © 2006 PCH Press and Kriss Perras. All rights reserved.

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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. With Malibu Arts Journal she has interviewed several people of note: Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick, Pulitzer Nominated Photographer Jeff Widener about his iconic "Tank Man" photo from the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, internationally recognized photographer Glen Wexler, internationally acclaimed painter Marcus Jansen, international photography phenom Alex Prager, the widow of Arman--the man who helped to found an entire art movement known as Nouveau Realisme, musician and singer Cal Campbell, son of Glen Campbell and William O'Daly, guru translator of Nobel Prize Winning Poet Pablo Neruda. She has interviewed politicos such as the offices of California State Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Senator Richard Pan. She has covered controversial subjects such as Dr. Wakefield and the vaccine debate, among many others. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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