Japanese legends-in-the-making TOQUIWA (previously known as PINKY PIGLETS) are, in their own words, “Catchy riffs, addictive melodies and energetic performances you can't miss. We burst onto the stage!!” And we cannot say it any better. The Wedding Present caught these gifted all-girl rockers on a  tour in Japan, fell in love with the energy in their live performances and the ear worm catchiness of their songs and promptly released their British debut album TOQUIWA on their own Scopitones label.

TOQUIWA roars into life with “Tokyo Merry-Go-Round” the girls already sounding like a stadium band! Up next - “Roll The Dice” - channels The Strokes as well as any Japanese all-girl band can do… two minute thirty-eight seconds of pop rock perfection. Every song on TOQUIWA could be a single… “Brain Party” thumps in your head like a rock disco, close your eyes and you can imagine yourself in a Tokyo night club. The Japanese love of a ballad is not left out of this album… the unexpectedly tender lyrics of “The Rain Song” are a breather from the heartpounding pop-punk-rock of the rest of the album. TOQUIWA only lets up for a moment though… their biggest hit to date - “Give Me A Chocolate” - comes in with AC/DC guitar riffs placed over the sugary sweet vocals of vocalist Auska. To close the record is their ode to The Wedding Present… an inspired cover of the classic “Kennedy”… with a lyrical interpretation that can only be described as cute!

You can buy Toquiwa's album from our web site by clicking here.