“Laced with Liam’s distinctive vocals and evocative lyricism, the band’s darkly magical sound combines soul, R&B and tribal rhythms underscored by Nathan’s driving bass”
“Matching a sensitive use of electronics to crunching riffs”
– Clash Music
A product of Manchester’s collaborative music scene, Tokolosh are a 5-piece collective featuring members of The Whip and The Earlies alongside solo artist Liam Frost.
Named after a mischievous Zulu water sprite, the band blend aggressive drumming with darkly sexual lyrics, creating a unique and addictive sound. Featured in The Guardian and Clash Music, and championed by Marc Riley (6Music), Gideon Coe (6 Music) and John Kennedy (XFM),Tokolosh’s debut LP, Stay Strong, promises to cause a ripple in their native north west of England.
Brothers Christian and Nicky have known Nathan and Richard since childhood, and all four members have previously played in the backing band for Liam Frost’s solo work. In 2011, Liam decided he wanted to move away from his previous singer-songwriter work and Tokolosh was born.
“Tokolosh has really pushed me in terms of my songwriting and vocal abilities”, says Liam. “I’ve tried to delve into a darker side of love and relationships – the obsessive, dark and sometimes bitter aspect of it. Some of our favourite shared artists (D’Angelo in particular) weren’t afraid of being [sexually] explicit in their lyricism, and while it wasn’t necessarily my intention I’m also not going to deny that it’s there.”
Tokolosh have supported the likes of I am Kloot, King Creosote and Cherry Ghost and will be announcing some tour dates later in the summer.
Debut album, Stay Strong will be released on 4th August on Jack to Phono Records. It features the singles ‘Bloodlines’, ‘Shapeshifter’ and ‘A Great Wave’.