Man With A Mission are a Japanese band who combine upbeat dance/pop with a harder rock edge. Their newest EP, ‘Dead End In Tokyo’ could be summed up in one word: catchy. The EP is relatively short, only spanning three tracks (well, four if you include the remix). This would normally be a good thing, however, with MWAM‘s infectiously good blend of the poppy and more rock sound, this is something that the listener will crave more of.
A small thing which is a positive, especially for a western audience is that vocalist Tokyo Tanaka makes an effort to sing in the English language, and almost completely mask the fact that he is Japanese – a massive bonus, considering that English anywhere in Japanese culture is very limited, let alone in music.
This EP starts off with the fun, poppy, and generally happy sounding title-track. As expected, it’s all about being in Tokyo and having bigger dreams in this even bigger city. The song itself is incredibly catchy, with a chorus that will leave the listener humming along to all day long with a sense of feel good about it, which the entire EP is full of.
‘Hey Now’ begins with again a dance-esque, poppy feel, which quickly evolves into a more rocky sound for a short period, then quickly back into a radio-friendly pop-rock sound, which by no means is a bad thing. It shows off the versatility of the band, and that they can fit more than one style into one track yet have it work as opposed to sounding clustered.
Man With A Mission have crafted an EP that is as close to being as perfect as is possible. Three insanely addictive tracks that with a breath of fresh air blend so many different styles into a well-crafted albeit short effort that just falls shy of the twenty minute mark.
Written by Jack Bellamy (@jackbellamy17)