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Album Review

Does the world really need another sing-songy pop punk band with a melodic sweet tooth? Upon hearing the 2007 release by Tokyo Rose, The Promise in Compromise, the answer to this crucial question is a resounding "yes." The group — currently comprised of Ryan Dominguez (vocals, guitar), Chris Poulsen (bass), and Jake Margolis (drums) — follows the same recipe as countless other bands circa the early 21st century. If you need a check list (many can recite all the ingredients in their sleep by this point), this consists of punk energy, speedy tempos, anthemic choruses, and emo-esque song titles that could double as titles to poems red by a teen down at the local coffeehouse on open mic night ("The Promise in Compromise," "A Pound of Silver is Worth Its Weight in Blood," etc.). And what do you know, the group even pens a song about the pros and cons of accepting female fans' advances (the disco-fied "We Can Be Best Friends Tonight, But Tomorrow I'll Be...").


Formed: 2001 in New Jersey

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

An emo-influenced pop-punk band from New Jersey, Tokyo Rose was formed in 2001, while singer and guitarist Ryan Dominguez and bassist Chris Poulsen were both students at Rutgers University. Though both were playing with other bands, the two shared similar musical interests and decided to launch a band of their own. Tokyo Rose played local shows when the members' busy schedules permitted and they booked tours to coincide with vacations and between-term breaks. Tokyo Rose also recorded a self-released...
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