Tomakazi was officially formed in March 2012, when Mike Stone (Queensryche/SpeedX) and his good friend and fellow Kings Highway band-mate, Tommy Purcell, were sitting at a restaurant enjoying a club sandwich. But in truth, the idea for Tomakazi was hatched 2 years prior when Tommy approached Mike with his thoughts of forming a punk rock band. With both artists having a punk rock background – Purcell having been in a high school punk rock band himself, and Stone with his former band, 1995’s “Klover”, Mike agreed it was time to revisit his punk rock side. Having been influenced by artists such as The Ramones, Sex Pistols and Generation X starting in high school, Mike Stone was immediately hooked on this expressive style of music a long time ago.
So after numerous conversations with Tommy Purcell, and having a window of opportunity to start writing and recording for a new album, the guys decided to forge ahead. The name for the band was taken from one of many nicknames that Tommy has been given over the years, and Stone got busy writing. Tomakazi’s style is a mix of Social Distortion-meets-Cheap Trick, with an occasional tip-of-the-hat to The Who. Mike not only wrote the entire album, but produced, engineered and did all the mixing as well. He also sings lead vocals, plays guitar, bass and was in charge of doing damage, while Tommy plays drums and “repairs”.
Ironically, Mike Stone has been working on no less than 3 projects this year and although “Dangerous” was the last one made, it’s the second release of his tri-fecta! “Dangerous” consists of 6 tracks: “Thomas Dolby”, “It’s Me”, “Ashes”, “Golden”, “Lost In Space” and “Steppin’ Up” and is a high-energy punk rock offering. The guys intend on adding a bassist to the mix shortly, and are planning to tour in the coming months.
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