Japan’s TRE:S, which consists of a trio of transplanted Americans who met at Temple University’s Tokyo campus, craft stadium-sized alt-rock anthems on their debut EP, City of the Night. Built on a solid foundation of early U2 and late-period Sunny Day Real Estate, the band’s penchant for soaring guitars, knotty starts and stops, and clear, angst-filled vocals sounds like it was lovingly honed in damp basements, smoky clubs, and take-out littered living rooms. Stand-out cuts like “Aurora,” “City of Sorrow,” and “Night” dutifully balance the grandeur of late-'80s Brit-pop with the radio-ready flash of 21st century emo-punk, resulting in an serviceably electrifying calling card that (despite the language barrier) holds more than a little international promise.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger