The John's Guerilla

Ever think you missed out on your musical hey-day? Not intrigued by overbearingly bass filled hip hop and screaming emo-bands and you just keep thinking you’d rather be defying death in the mosh pit of a Led Zeppelin concert? Newsflash, unless time travel is invented your are not going to see The Rolling Stones in concert at the peak of their career; you can however, check out The John’s Guerilla. Sure they’re not an American 70’s mega-rock band. In fact they’re a band from Tokyo performing in present day, however one listen to their music might leave you feeling like you’re in the wrong decade.

The John’s Guerilla produces a sound that channels American 70s rock so well you can’t tell the difference; they very well could be a forgotten band from long ago. Each track is full of heavy guitar riffs, which could easily be coming from The Who. The vocals have that slightly whiny rock and roll feel to them which you find in Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. Tracks put out a deep garage, psychedelic vibe, which transports you back into the 1970s. Even from the first listen you can see the deep-running similarities between The John’s Guerilla and the great American rock bands.

The four members include Leo Imamura, Ryoji Tonegawa, Kaname Ishii and Junichi Kamegaya. The psychedelic rock quartet dropped the single “Jewels” in 2006. The song packs some serious riffs and plenty of that 70’s rock-star voice power. For a band just beginning they have a mature sound.


The group moved into 2008 and dropped a four track self-titled EP. The lead track “Shoot The Radio” starts the album off with promising sound. The song opens with a deep bass-line and moves into riffs worthy of ZZ Top.

The very last track “Shadow Disco” is the perfect cliffhanger for an EP. It masters the art of classic rock and will assuredly leave you wishing the disc continued. Everything from the beat to the vocals is distinctly reminiscent of Led Zeppelin specifically in relation to Zeppelin’s track “Immigrant Song” and “Kashmir.” Take the instrumentals off “Immigrant” and steal the vocals from “Kashmir” and you’ve produced “Shadow Disco.” The EP begins and ends sharply and manages to carry that level of commitment all the way through for an exceedingly impressive debut EP.

So if you ever find yourself cringing when you hear the Top 40 on the radio you’ve got a new source to transport you back to the peak of classic American rock.


Posted by Amber Clark on 09/09/2008