Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of Memphis’s Tora Tora. The band will commence recording a new studio album in 2018 for a tentative release in early 2019.

Tora Tora’s mixture of hard rock with its hometown’s legendary blues style put the group in a class of its own and the label was thrilled to find the band was open to creating new music.

Says vocalist Anthony Corder, “Tora Tora is proud to announce we have signed with Frontiers. With a rich musical heritage and focus on quality content, we feel their company culture is the perfect fit for our project. We are excited to join some of our favorite artists and friends on their international roster. Thank you to Serafino Perugino, Mario De Riso and Nick Tieder and our entire Frontiers family for this opportunity. We are looking forward to creating some great music and many good memories with all of you!”

Comments guitarist Keith Douglas, “When we first started talking about a new Tora Tora project, the biggest question for us was what it would sound like after so much time had passed since we’d written together. After just one day of collaborating, it was clear we were going to pick up right where we left off so many years ago. We have some really good songs already written as well as a ton of other cool ideas to get sorted out. Having creative freedom is a huge bonus for us. As far as the direction, it’s just going to be whatever comes out. But I can tell you what has come out so far rocks as hard as anything we’ve ever done and lets our Memphis roots shine through. We are very excited to be working on what we feel like is going to be a very special record and just as excited to be working with Frontiers Records. Stay tuned!”

Tora Tora started in 1985 in the garage of then high school students Antony Corder, Keith Douglas, John Patterson and Patrick Francis. They beat out sixty other groups in a local Battle Of The Bands contest and received some free studio time at Ardent Studios. They cut one track before using the prize money they had won to record an entire independent EP called To Rock To Roll. Ardent was so impressed with the recordings that they offered to help shop the demo and gave them even more free recording time. Tora Tora eventually singed with A&M. That debut album made the Billboard Top 100 and hovered on the brink of breaking wide open as songs such as Walking Shoes, Riverside Drive and Phantom Rider became local anthems. They followed up with Wild America, which produced two more singles. A third album, Revolution Day, was recorded but never released due to label restructuring. Due to the onset of the grunge era, Tora Tora, much like many other bands of their genre, called it quits in 1994.

Tora Tora reunited in August 2016 for a benefit concert in Memphis to help bassist Patrick Francis, who was diagnosed with cancer. Footage of the show has since been released on Blu-ray.

[Dana’s note: I am a HUGE fan of this band, and still listen to their albums today. I have included a few videos below for your enjoyment.]

From the album, Surprise Attack:

Walkin’ Shoes:


From the album, Wild America:


Dirty Secrets:

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  • Doug on

    Loved their debut album, still play it often.

    • Dana on

      Yes, in 2018, I still listen to them, as well. Just a great blues/rock band, so underrated, in my opinion.

  • Tyger of Pan Tang on

    Cool band, I will definitely check this out. But why is it that every band from that era is introduced by saying, “They came out in 198-, but they were never really part of that whole 80s scene. They were different”?
    Anyone who actually cares about this music these days knows that Tora Tora or Bang Tango isn’t a Poison clone. Stop with that!

    • Dana on

      Agreed, but that was how the press release was written.

      D 🙂

  • Doug R. on

    Honestly I’ve never been a fan of the band, sorry. But I’ve always loved the instrumental, “Tora! Tora!” Short & sweet! Just out of curiosity, I wonder if they took their name from the song?

  • shannon mehaffey on

    They’re ok, but wouldn’t you rather put on The Disregard of Timekeeping? It sounds like the same singer but with a much better band and songs.

    • shannon mehaffey on

      You’re right, I youtubed their first record and it’s great. “Walkin’ Shoes” just didn’t work as a stand alone video, on the record as a deep album song it really works. And they didn’t let up on the second record. Music was morphing….it’s taking the blues somewhere it’s about to become Alice In Chains. Now, Bonham seems pretty boring.

    • Dana on

      Thank you, Shannon!

      Too bad, just like Sykes, they were under appreciated, and overlooked.

      D 🙂

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