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The Next Great American Band: Episode 7

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 1st 2007 12:57AM
The Next Great American Band(S01E07) Tonight it was Rod Stewart covers on The Next Great American Band. Please don't get me wrong. I enjoy the music and the choice of artists for the show just fine. It's music I know, a lot of it I own in various formats, and it's the music I listened to as I was growing up.

But there's the kicker. With the exception of Sixwire and some of the members of Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, the artists chosen are way before the times of the bands at hand. I know I'm old school, but haven't there been any great songs or artists in more recent times for them to cover? This happens with American Idol, too. Since the voting and music buying audience is probably younger, I just can't understand it.

I'm not knocking Rod Stewart, of course. And, I think that most of the bands did well on their covers tonight, with one band taking it to another level once again. I'd probably be less familiar with recent hits, but I'm just wondering how crucial it is that a band of the 2000s can make a 30-year-old song sound good. Maybe it's must me. But I get the feeling that 45-50 year-olds are in charge of the show and the music artist selections, too.

As usual, the bands were all sitting in the green room, introduced one by one as making the cut this week. And, once again, the bands chosen weren't chosen in the order of votes received. I'll go through the songs and bands in the order they played.

Dot Dot Dot
Dot Dot DotI've decided that the repetitious nature of the band's name is annoying to type often. If I have to refer to them more than once in a paragraph, they'll simply be Dot or, better yet ... Ellipse.

They chose to sing "Young Turks." Had I thought about it, I probably could have guessed the choice of song. For me, it wasn't one of their best performances. I haven't been all that keen on this band although I thought they had a few good weeks. I think their strong point is that they listen to the criticism from the judges and honestly try to step it up each week.

Musically, I think they're fine. Maybe it's the retro-80s image of something which nags at me. I'm not sure. I'm waiting for them to do Yaz songs or something from A Flock of Seagulls.

John Rzeznik liked them, but didn't jump for joy. Sheila E. talked about their energy levels and tempos. Dicko said they did the call to arms side of the song, but didn't do the storytelling aspect well.

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra I like this band better than Dot Dot Dot, but I wasn't in love with their performance tonight. Oh, they did well. They sang "Baby Jane" and I thought the performance was flawless.

So, what was it lacking? I don't think they had as much fun as they usually do with songs. In watching the series so far, these guys can go totally crazy and make me smile as I watch them. Yeah, the arrangement was perfect, but I didn't get as much fun out of tonight's performance. Maybe I'm just in a grouchy mood, eh?

The judges didn't feel the same way I did. John thought Denver pushed the vocals up a lot and loved the guitar being featured. Sheila E. just loves them so much. Dicko loved it to a point -- they took the pre-chorus out and he thought it affected the song. He loved their tone and energy.

Sixwire
SixwireWhat's wrong with bass solos, I ask? I kind of enjoy them if the bassist is talented.

Sixwire chose "Hot Legs." I thought it a perfect song choice for them and I truly enjoyed the performance. They got to show off their actual musical talent, plus had some fun with the song. It was my second-favorite performance of the night.

I don't think I'm the only one who enjoyed it as they received a standing ovation from the crowd, too. No, I didn't stand here, but I flicked a lighter.

Okay, I lie.

John said it was a muscular version of the song and knocked the bass solo in it. Sheila E. was up and dancing throughout the performances, so she's one happy little judge. She thinks the arrangements were good and the bass solo was fine as he knows how to play. Dicko said they're sexy when they let their hair down. Yes, he really said that. It's in my notes right here. He also knocked the bass solo, but said they were tight.

The Clark Brothers
Clark BrothersWell, they did it to me again this week. What is with these guys? This is two weeks in a row I've been absolutely floored, mesmerized, amazed and stunned by their performance. I've enjoyed every performance of theirs throughout the season, but these past two weeks have been magical.

They sang "You're In My Heart." Oh, my. What they brought to the song made Rod Stewart look like a rookie. Between last week's performance of "Gimme Shelter" and this week's, if they don't win this competition, there's something awry in the world.

But I didn't get all choked up and speechless.

John was moved by the performance. He said it was the emotional performance women would love and men would hate. Sheila E. was more than moved. She was teary and speechless. Once she could talk, which was a while later, she said she was so proud of them and they're why she's in music ... or something to that effect. Dicko said they were magical, but wondered why they didn't use a fiddle. When Ashley said it didn't work to play it with his vocals, Dicko suggested adding another Clark brother if they needed one. (I think there's more than a few of them.) So, we might see another or not next week. But these guys just better play next week.

Then it was down to the last two groups -- Très Bien and Light of Doom. My own personal opinion is that Light of Doom should go and come back when they grow up. However, neither of the bands should win. So, I wasn't about to be upset about it when Très Bien left the show tonight. Let's rid ourselves of Light of Doom next week, please.

Light of Doom
Light of DoomSigh. Yes, they made the cut. If I was a prepubescent girl or boy, I'd probably be wild for the kiddie hard rockers. And, I do think that they have better musical talent than many "adult" bands I see on the local circuit. But, I listen to the lead singer and wonder how he'd do singing "Will the sun come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar." He has a darned kid's voice and there's no way around that for me.

Call me an elitist if you must. He doesn't have a bad kid's voice, but it's still one nonetheless.

They sang "Infatuation." As they tried to synchronize their hair swinging they reminded me of slightly off kilter ZZ Topp mini-me's who lost their beards.

John said they're "gonna be" amazing. Note the keyword "gonna." Sometime in the future, kiddie rockers. Not right at the moment. He commented on the fact that another group member helped the lead with the vocals as they had suggested. Sheila E. said they had so much power and energy. She also noted that they used a key the lead could handle without straining. Dicko was pleased with the song choice. They commented on the lead singer's voice lessons.

I still say, come back when you grow up, boys. At least they kept their shirts on.

Next week will feature the music of Queen. I believe we hit the 80s, wow.

Which band needs to go home next week?
Dot Dot Dot70 (20.5%)
Denver and the Mile High Orchestra49 (14.4%)
Sixwire15 (4.4%)
Clark Brothers13 (3.8%)
Light of Doom194 (56.9%)

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terry bufkin

The Little Boys need to clean up their style and focus on their talent and not be so lets try to be sexy and bad. Sixwire will never be a stage stopper although they blend well. They should blend though, look how long they have played together. Dot Dot Dot is way too dramatic. They would have to get more and more extreme to keep the attention of the public. The Clark Boys have alot of pure talent and their presence has CHARACTER ALL OVER IT. Guys like them need to win because they are a breath of fresh air, without them there is no show. (yeah I know I left Denver Mile High out on purpose)

December 02 2007 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
musikman

Another really good review. You do sound a little grumpy though. I liked the Cark Bros this week way more than last week. Ashley is a solid lead singer and really shines on ballads and country. Sixwire is terrific every week. I disagree with you on Denver and the MHO. I thought this was their best performance to date. Look for the dots or LOD to go home next week.

December 02 2007 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alliebaby

okay bottom three ready Dot Dot Dot even if you do not like typing there name who cares your not important trust me, Six wire. and clark brothers if not then it will be mile high, Dot dot dot, clark brothers.

December 02 2007 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bev

I watched this show from the start,I do believe that the 2 greatest talents right now are sixwire from the start,but after seeing Clark Brothers perform They have my vote!!I watched it with my teenage son and hit on the money that sixwire would play that rod song! But when I heard the Clark bros.,do theirs I was really So drawn at how talented these guys are drummer or not?!I do believe they are just a soo natural Talented young men,that they deserve for America to see finally that wholesome,respectable young men they are!! They have my vote come next week!

December 01 2007 at 7:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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