A genuine rock star since birth, Michael Monroe innately knows exactly how to sing, swagger and walk the most glamorous and colorful of walks. "One Man Gang", the former HANOI ROCKS man's brand new offering on Silver Lining Music, is all about the fun of Friday nights, seven days a week, letting your hair down (or up!) for a dirty, dangerous, damn good time, and embracing a total escape into the rock 'n' roll dream.
The album's second single, "Last Train To Tokyo", has the sort of sticky-yet-crispy riff that was designed to take over radios from Japan to Jamaica.
"It's a groovy, rockin' track paying homage to Tokyo and Japan, one of the most rockin' countries in the world" affirms Monroe. "In the '80s HANOI ROCKS had, and I have always had a very special relationship with Japan and it will always be one my favourite countries. Plus, they still live for rock 'n' roll as it should be celebrated, they still have physical product, they still make it crazy, exhausting and really exciting every time you go there, which I am really grateful for."
The "Last Train To Tokyo" video was recorded in Japan and features footage from the band's dynamic performances at the Summer Sonic 2019 festival in Osaka and Tokyo. Directed and edited by Toni Kristian Tikkanen, "Last Train To Tokyo" fully captures the vigor and rock 'n' roll essence of Michael Monroe, Rich Jones, Steve Conte, Sami Yaffa and Karl Rockfist.
Recorded at E-Studios in Sipoo, Finland in about three weeks in March 2018, "One Man Gang" was produced by Monroe and his bandmates Rich Jones and Steve Conte. The album was engineered by Petri Majuri, who also mixed the album in the fall 2018.
"One Man Gang" track listing:
01. One Man Gang
02. Last Train To Tokyo
03. Junk Planet
04. Midsummer Nights
05. The Pitfalls Of Being An Outsider
06. Wasted Years
07. In The Tall Grass
08. Black Ties And Red Tape
09. Hollywood Paranoia
10. Heaven Is A Free State
11. Helsinki Shakedown
12. Low Life In High Places
Michael Monroe - vocals, sax and harmonica
Rich Jones - guitar and vocals
Steve Conte - guitar and vocals
Sami Yaffa - bass
Karl Rockfist - drums
Guest appearances from Captain Sensible (lead guitar on "One Man Gang"), Nasty Suicide (lead guitar on "Wasted Years"), Eicca Toppinen (cello on "Low Life In High Places") and Tero Saarti (trumpet on "Heaven Is A Free State").