Self Released (2010)
Boys Love Songs is another wonderful treasure I picked up while record shopping in Tokyo. I wasn't familiar with the band, but they were recommended to me, so I grabbed a copy. This is another one of those records that is so right up my alley, I don't understand how this could have been kicking around since 2010 without me knowing about it.
Tin Soldiers is is from Japan, but they are a far cry from the usual Snuffy Smile leaning punk rock sound that I typically gravitate towards. Instead, Tin Soldiers keep things much more mid tempo and eschew ferocity for wonderfully crafted guitar pop tunes. There are times where they remind me of Sugar and other times where they sound a lot like the more poppier leanings of Kevlar. The band has a gigantic sound for only being a three piece and most impressive is the huge, dynamic guitar work of Daichi Sato.
If the Waterslide records distro is any indication, it looks like Tin Soldiers have another seven song EP and a demo floating around out there (sadly sold out at Waterslide). If anyone ever sees any other records by this band please let me know, I definitely want to pick them up. Unfortunately I can't really find any music online by this band apart from a MySpace page that I can't get to play anything. I'll link it below, just incase you can coax some music out of it that I'm not able to.
Tin Soldiers - "Boy's Song":
Tim Soldiers - "The Hate":