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Tokyo Rose experiments with punk sound

Kate Ferris/ Columnist

I first learned of Tokyo Rose by getting a free download from iTunes.

“Treading Water” was the first sound of Tokyo Rose I heard. At the start, the guitar pulls you in, then the harmonizing lyrics and the chorus. The sound is often described as somewhere between pop punk or pop rock.

As I recently learned, “Treading Water” is one of 11 tracks off their album “New American Saint,” released in 2005.

Lead singer and guitarist Ryan Dominguez, bassist Chris Poulsen, drummer Jon Smith and guitarist Greg Doran make up Tokyo Rose. The band formed in 2001 in the garden state of New Jersey.

The band quotes their influences as Jimmy Eat World, the Foo Fighters and Saves the Day.

In their sophomore album, the four-member band hopes to prove themselves better than their first CD in 2003, “Reinventing A Lost Art,” which based on reviews, fails to reinvent anything.

Their sound is a cross between the Ataris and Rufio, but better.

As for their sophomore album, I like it.

I am no grand reviewer of music. I can’t tell you what elements of a song work and don’t work or if it was smart of the band to play a song in the A minor chord rather than the D major. I just know what I like.

Some of the best songs on the album include “Goodbye Almond Eyes,” “A Reason To Come Home Again” and “Treading Water.”
Critics of the music industry can describe Tokyo Rose better than I ever could. say, “Tokyo Rose’s music embodies the essence of youth, heartbreak, friendship and the struggle to establish one’s niche in the world, with captivating melodies, poignant lyrics and powerful guitarwork.”

Crush Media Magazine said, “Prepare yourself for the next big thing to tug at your heart strings.”

And of course others, like a reviewer from said, they “want to hear about something ridiculous, something sad, feel a definition between the guitar and the bass, a spark of chemistry between the instruments, an inkling of life behind the microphone, at least an ounce of passion within the music at all.”

In the end, it all comes down to what you like. I like it, but you may not. It’s all personal preference. The only way you can find out if you like the sound or not, is to listen.

Contact Kate Ferris at or 278-7247.


Every time I try to write
to you,
I just can never find the
words to explain.
So I'll build a monument
to honor you,
Out of the ruins of the
love I knew.
I'll turn your favorite
memories into a sight
for all to see,
because I know
when you see it, you'll come
back to me.
-Tokyo Rose, “Spectacle,”