Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tora Tora Releases "Lost" Album

Memphis hard rockers Tora Tora, whose 1989 single "Dancing With A Gypsy" was featured on the soundtrack for the film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, have teamed up with Tennessee label FNA Records to release 1994's Revolution Day - the band's third full-length album that never officially saw the light of day.

Says guitarist Keith Douglas of the bootleg copies that have surfaced over the years: "The files found and shared on the net are a poor copy from cassette to CD that are actually too fast. This release will be the closest thing ever to the original recording. Revolution Day Is Here!" Frontman Anthony Corder recollects the band's experience recording the album: "The Revolution Day project was an interesting time for Tora Tora.  It was the '93-'94 era, we were overlapping the last embers of our Wild America dates, rehearsing ideas for the new project, growing from our touring experiences, and experimenting with recording techniques.  We relocated our rehearsal space to a warehouse over by the Memphis airport, and tried to stay focused on pre-production.  We were pulling together ideas from handheld cassette recorders, scribbled napkins, and 8 track recordings we made on the bus or hotel rooms.  I think we were more comfortable with our creative spirits, more confident in our ideas and our approach to songwriting.  All of us contributed on the former projects, but everyone was struggling for the third project to keep the Tora identity, and go somewhere new at the same time.   We definitely had moments of anxiety and frustration but it was all well worth it once we locked down the tunes.  We were joined by The Memphis Horns as well as Susan Marshall and Stacy Plunk, adding back-up vocals on two tracks.  The Revolution sessions were some of our most memorable escapades, and had us back at home in Ardent, hanging with Molly's LaCasita crew, and me personally closing down most Midtown establishments."

With the grunge fad changing the face of rock, Tora Tora was set adrift by their label and Revolution Day was shelved. The band parted but reunited in 2008 for a series of concerts and an appearance at Rocklahoma, eventually signing a deal with FNA.

Revolution Day is available now via FNA's online store.

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