The Fear of Sleeping

by Tokyo Raid

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Tokyo Raid released their 5th EP "The Fear of Sleeping" in 2012, the EP was recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco with engineer Ian Pellicci (Deerhoof, Rogue Wave, Hauschka) and mixed and master by Justin Phelps ( The Mars Volta, Dresden Dolls, Cake). The new songs featured a darker turn in the band's sound and lyrics described as "Joy Division, had the MC5 been their prime influence and touchstone." The first single "Indulgence" was released as a Digital Download for Rock Band 3 on Rock Band Network on October 12th, 2011.

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released January 25, 2012

Ben Utah: Vocals and Bass
Ty Gerhardt: Guitars, Scream, Bass
Mike Thompson: Drums

Recorded at: Tiny Telephone Studios, San Francisco, CA with additional recording done at Dancing Leper Studios.
Recorded by: Ian Pellicci at Tiny Telephone, Mike Bottari and Laura Talon at Dancing Leper.
Mixed and Mastered by: Justin Phelps at Cloud City Sound Portland, OR

All songs except Track 4 written by: Utah, Thompson, Gerhardt.

Track 4 written by: Utah, Thompson, Kearney.

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Tokyo Raid Oakland, California

Tokyo Raid is a rock group based in Oakland, California. Formed in 2004 and originally called the Mandarins; the band changed their name to Tokyo Raid in 2008.

Their sound is referred to as a mix of classic Northern English post-punk, glam and American garage and psyche-rock relying on hypnotic bass lines, driving percussion and fuzzy aggressive guitar.
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Track Name: She Kills What She Kills
She takes the Judas lies,
listens to their bad advice.
They say to stand aside, they're wrong.
She takes an aeroplane,
skips out the next day.
Don't try to explain, she's wrong.

She'll tell you all her lies
and they'll patronize.
They'll never, ever let you.

She sells what she sells out
She tells who she tells now
She sells what she sells out
She kills what she kills, what she kills.

She takes the Judas lies,
carries out their bad advice.
They say to stand aside, they're wrong.
Lost in her high school ways,
Strung out on glue and haze
Don't try to explain, she's gone.

She'll tell you all her lies
and her alibis.
She'll never, ever make you.

She sells what she sells out
She tells who she tells now
She sells what she sells out
She kills what she kills
She sells what she sells out
She tells who she tells now
She sells what she sells out
She kills what she kills

Don't lie, Don't die
I am what she kills.
Track Name: Run So Well
So you loved a superman
and he's let you down?
While you home alone at night,
He's about the town.

So you think your heart will burst
and the world will end?
Run into the open arms
of your good friend.

If you run, you run so well.
If you hide, you hide so well.
If you lived, you lived oh well.
When you lied...who could tell?

So you lost a superman
and he drags you down.
While you home alone at night,
He's with the crowd.

So you want your heart will burst
and the world will burn?
Run into the open arms
of your lonely friend.

If you run, you run so well.
If you hide, you hide so well.
If you lived, you lived oh well.
When you cried, you cried so well.
If you run, you run so well.
If you hide, you hide so well.
If you lived, you lived oh well.
When you died.
Track Name: Indulgence
I tried hard to drown you,
I tried to arrange.
All the love you were bound to,
All your feeling are strange.

I tried hard to adore you,
Did my best to destroy you.
And I knew, you are so.
And I knew, you are so.

All mistakes are laughter,
tracing down your spine.
Here in the every after,
now you taste divine.

I tried hard to ignore you,
Did my best to explore you.
And I knew, you are so.
And I knew, you are so.

When the sun breathes disaster
When my soul is worn.
Here in the every after,
Now my soul is torn.

I tried hard to adore you,
Did my best to explore you,
I tried hard to ignore you
with your legs wrapped around me.
And I knew, you are so.
And I knew, you are so.
And I knew, you are so.
And I knew, you are so.
Track Name: Classic Diversion
(Haha, So classic you.)

The time is right you've got to jump the fence and run.
Rip that dollar collar off your neck and run.
There's no line or guest list,
to your bedroom is where we like to exist.
We like to exist.

Bust me while I'm still alive.
Classic Diversion every time.

You seem to know everyone that is hanging 'round.
I'll airlift you away from this incestuous crowd.
Spilt milk, eggshells,
crunching under feet as we slip away,
we slip away.

Bust me while I'm still alive.
Classic Diversion every time.
Bust me while I'm still alive.
Classic Diversion

Now you say your down and out,
followed around by dark clouds,
You've got to get up and out,
because nothing ever happens
when you're sitting on your habits waiting.

Whoa, make a move now.
Make a move now.
Make your move now.

The time is right you've got to jump the fence and run.
Holding on, like it's the last chopper outa 'nam.
Don't doubt it, don't crowd it,
sniper on the roof is asleep
so make your move now.
Make your move now.

Bust me while I'm still alive.
Classic Diversion every time.
Bust me while I'm still alive.
Classic Diversion
Track Name: She Kills Reprise
Don't die, don't lie
I am what she kills.