There must have been something in the water fountains of Bloomfield High School, because some pretty cool people in our little "scene" have emerged to make a name for themselves beyond the hallways.
1. Joey Southside: Hardcore's favorite frontman from The Banner (Ferret Records).
2. Obi Fernandez: Ska-elites all know and love Westbound Train (Hellcat-Epitaph).
3. Matt Reilly: Once a member of Tokyo Rose and former singer for The Finals (Immortal Records).
4. Ryan Dominguez: Singer for Tokyo Rose (Side Cho).
Which brings me to....
The new Tokyo Rose album, The Promise in Compromise, is good I can barely concentrate on writing this review because I'm singing along with it.
Leaps and bounds ahead of the band's past effort, New American Saint, (which was also great), these 11 new tracks show a riskier Tokyo Rose. Track 3, "We Can Be Best Friend's Tonight, But Tomorrow I'll Be..." introduces some dance floor tunes from the band. It's one of my favorites and should be on the playlist at MisShapes if it's not already. I can just picture the hipsters doing the steps along with the song. Classic.
The songwriting comes across as carefully penned and is quite impressive. The choruses are big and the verses are more than just filler. "Love is just a lyric we all sing along to" from track 9 is one of my favorite new lines. The Promise in Compromise should give Tokyo Rose a good push towards the forefront of the scene and by the next album, mainstream recognition shouldn't be too far behind.
On July 31, make sure you get your hands on this disk and if you have the chance to see the band- with a new line-up- I recommed it for a good time.
*By Joelle, who graduated with Obi and Ryan, but writes about them only because she likes the music.