Tokyo Rose

By paul

You guys played Warped Tour this summer, how did it go?

It went very well. It is always a lot of fun, we have done it like 3 or 4 times now so we are used to it. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a great time.

Were there any favourite performances?

Yea, my favourite show of Warped Tour was the last date in Los Angeles. We had a good crowd and it was a nice day. All in all everything went very well that day, and also it was the last day so we knew we could relax finally.

What do you think epitomises a great live performance?

I think connecting with the audience and having the crowd leave with a feeling of excitement. I think that kids in the audience need to identify with the band in one way or another…and if you can do that at a live show, then you did a good job.

What do you do to entertain yourselves in the hours between shows?

Oh boy, I spend a lot of time on my laptop or on my phone or sending text messages. I also have been roaming around lately and taking photographs just so I can document my travels in a way and have something to look back at when I am old and grey 😉

How has the response been so far to the new album ‘The Promise In Compromise’, both on the current U.S tour and in the press?

The response has been really good. Kids at the shows seem to like it and people are buying the album. The press also has taken a liking to it for the most part…we got a lot of favourable reviews and then some negative ones, but you can’t please everyone. One really cool thing for us was what some other bands had to say about our album, apparently bands we all look up to like MXPX, Senses Fail and Bayside all like our album 😉

What can fans expect from the new album? Has your sound progressed in any way from previous material?

It is just more straightforward and to the point then the last record. It sounds a bit more poppy and catchy then the last album as well.

Has the change in the bands line-up or any other particular events influenced the sound or lyrics of the album?

Ermmm… not really. The line-up changes didn’t really affect the way we write songs, and had minimal baring on our lyrical content.

Are there any personal favourites on the album?

My favourite is ‘611 Life Lesson’, only because it has personal meaning to me and reminds me of a certain time in my life I feel is very important to remember. Same goes for “Call it what you Like, Just Leave Us Out Of It”.

How would you describe your music to people who may not have heard you yet?

Rock/pop punk in the vein of Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday and Fall Out Boy.

Are there any plans for a U.K tour?

No plans yet, but we really would like to come back because we had a great time the last time we toured the UK.

Are there any British bands that you would like to tour with or that you’re a particular fan of?

Coldplay. Haha on a more realistic note I listened to a band called Kids from Glass Houses or something like that the last time I was in the UK and I really loved their songs. I don’t know if they are popular at all in the UK, but that would be a band I would like to tour with. Also a band we met called Furthest Drive Home. We played shows with them on our last UK tour and I really liked them as well, so hopefully we can get to tour with them next time. There was another band with a girl singer that was good too…I think their name was Missconduct…that would be fun as well.

Last but not least, do you have any final messages to our readers?

Thanks for doing the interview and thanks for reading it. Please check us out on myspace and we hope to meet you all the next time we make the trip over to the UK 😉

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