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The Next Great American Band: Episode 8

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 8th 2007 1:57AM
Next Great American Band(S01E08) Five bands sit in the green room of The Next Great American Band. Only four bands will play. One band, despite all of the arranging, rehearsing, worrying, and hoping, won't take the stage. That band will just leave the building, sort of like a lesser Elvis. In a few cases, a drastically way lesser Elvis.

Hmmm ... I wonder what Elvis would think of the Clark Brothers? I don't want to know what he'd think of the Light of Doom, though. Tonight the bands played a Queen song and then an original. Now, I would like to see Light of Doom try Bohemian Rhapsody, wouldn't you?

The bands first sang the Queen covers, then in a second sweep they performed their original songs. I'm going to consolidate and list both songs by group in the same order as the groups originally performed. And, to crush the hopes of Dot Dot Dot fans out there -- yes, they're no longer in the running. I'm not too surprised, but I thought Light of Doom should go out before Dot Dot Dot. It's pretty obvious from the audience at the show that the kiddie rockers have the kiddie vote. We need to stop that, America. Now. Let them go no further, please.

The Clark Brothers
Ashley Clark of the Clark BrothersI've said it before. I'll repeat myself now. These guys need to win this. Oh, even if they don't win, I believe we'll see them make a splash in the music industry. It's as if they're possessed by the music, men on a mission so much more than the Blues Brothers.

Their Queen cover was "These are the Days of Our Lives." As suggested by the judges last week, they added a drummer and bass player, albeit not more Clark Brothers. I think it made a difference and, as they always do, they blew me away.

John Rzeznik said it was amazing and awesome. Sheila E. called their performance great and fantastic. Dick said Ashley is a reluctant rock star and the best front person of the bands.

Their original was a country down home kind of song called "Homestead." I kind of liked it. I thought it was a bit catchy, although it didn't get as gritty and possessed as they often perform. John thought they showed great songwriting, great music, and great singing -- exactly what is needed from the winning band. Sheila said they play with passion and conviction and it's obvious that music is their life. Dicko said it was solid, but thought it was a crap song, Country Music 101 lyrics. He thinks they can do better.

Light of Doom
Light of DoomAck. Please make them go away. Do not let your child vote for the sake of all that's good, pure, melodic, and lyrical.

At least they got panned by the judges for both of their performances tonight. I really would have rather seen Dot Dot Dot than the kiddies, but that's life.

I actually liked the start of their Queen cover -- "We Will Rock You." The entire band, except the little drummer boy, did the beat on large drums. Perhaps they should have changed it up and tried a Blue Man Group paint splash. But they fell apart the second they broke away from the drums. It's such a simplistic song that it's hard to massacre it, but they did.

John told them the vocals really needed work and they didn't work out their interpretation of the song. Sheila told them she agreed with John and it just didn't happen today. Dicko said it was a bit dumb. The kiddie rockers looked like they wanted to cry.

As for their original song, it was called "A Matter of Time." I just kept thinking to myself it would only be a matter of time for the song to end. Lyrics weren't much, the music wasn't anything to load onto an iPod.

Joh told them the song had no big hook and added that he could hear their influences, but wanted to hear them. Sheila told them they're young and just finding out who they are, that it's a matter of time. Dicko also said they had time and suggested using acoustic guitars when they write songs. The boys looked like they were going to cry -- panned for both songs. Sheesh ... I can see all the kids heading to the phones to save them now. Stop the insanity. Now.

Sixwire
SixwireThese guys are pros. They chose a Queen song which is perfect for their talents and style. And now I have the song stuck in my head, thank you very much Sixwire.

Yep, "Fat-Bottom Girls" you make the rockin' world go 'round. An excellent job on the song, but I didn't expect less ... especially when they announced which song they were covering.

John loved it, said they worked it, and added some muscle to it. Sheila said they come through every week with powerful arrangements. Dicko said they weren't boring this week and showed their inner naughty boys. Um. Okay, if Dicko says so. I guess he knows inner naughty boys more than I do.

I didn't quite catch the title of their original song. I believe it was "Go On." But I could be wrong. However, I did hear the song itself. It was nice, but I wasn't as enthusiastic about it as the judges were.

John said it was as good as anything you hear on the radio. Sheila thought it was amazing. Dicko said it was a good song, perfect for their market.

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra
Denver and the Mile High OrchestraYes, the big band is still in the game. Did they try for "Bohemian Rhapsody"? Nope. They sang "Sleeping on the Sidewalk." I enjoyed their rendition. They're really growing on me although I'm still for a Clark Brothers win. I thought they did the song justice and it shows that they really work on the arrangements. That can't be an easy task.

John thought it was a great version and that Denver is improving his vocals each week. Sheila thought they were amazing. (I'd like to see the word "amazing" banned for the rest of the season. Some creativity please, judges.) Dicko thought it was a sassy rendition but now wants Denver to step up his clothes. He didn't want to hear that the London on the t-shirt was his new baby daughter's name.

Their original song was "Big White House." I thought it was a very catchy tune. I definitely think that I like this band's music better than I like Michael Buble who's indeed a success.

John thought their song was cool and had some grease on it. From context, I guess he meant it wasn't squeaky clean. Sheila said it was powerful and energetic, but had no hook. I disagree with the "no hook" part. Dicko said it was a good album track but they need to sing a hit song if they come back for a next time. He thinks Denver does angry "good."

So, there you go. In a perfect world it will be Light of Doom gone next week. However, if their minions keep them in, I think it's likely to be Denver leaving. I think in the end it will be a Sixwire/Clark Brothers showdown for The Next Great American Band.

What's keeping Light of Doom on the show?
Talent28 (9.5%)
They're sooo hott!!!8 (2.7%)
Kiddie voters156 (52.9%)
Prison inmate phone privilege hour34 (11.5%)
Not MY fault!69 (23.4%)

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Jeff

Randy, Wow what a scarey thought. Can you image if LOD won....... Fox executives would be slamming some serious Maolox!!!! The most professional sound is clearly Denver and Six Wire, vocals for both are excellent. Clark Bro's are extremely talented guitar players, vocals are weak though. What the heck, Bob Dillan could not sing a lick either and he sold millions. I suspect Six Wire will win, but hope Denver does.

December 10 2007 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Randy

If Light of Doom wins, can you imagine the record company guys trying to see them? Teenage girls won't buy metal, metal heads won't buy an album of metal from 14 year olds. It's going to be a PR nightmare for them and a lot of wasted $$$. Oh yea, The Clark Brothers RULE!

December 10 2007 at 3:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

Jackie, nice job with the comments.. Why and how in the world are those kids still here? Tonight they sounded like a bunch of kids on both songs and clearly need to go home. The final 3 will be Six Wire, Denver and Clark Bro's. Hard to say who will win.. Denver has a pretty large following in the christian community, they have been touring the country for the past 9 years. With that said however, I think Six Wire will win the event.

December 08 2007 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fitnesinst

Maybe those who are voting for LOD are the same ones who voted and sent Marie Osmond to the finale of Dancing with the Stars!!!!!! Anyway, I'm more than ready for them to go. I was hoping someone would cover Bohemian Rhapsody, but no such luck. I'm really pulling for the Clark Brothers, but wasn't too keen on their original song. Kinda silly lyrics. SixWire was good - I liked their original song the best. It sounds like what is on the Pop/country stations now. And for Denver - well, I like them, but think the are more Las Vegas/Atlantic City type performers.

December 08 2007 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bev

WOW! Yes, again The Clark bros.,show their real natural Talent! They are #1 in my book! I also thought LOD was going but I agree little guys are being voted in by the youngins! I do agree on dot,dot,whatever knew they were gonna go ! Something just clicks every time you hear the Clark Bros.,they deserve to be America Band,because their showmanship is what america needs these days! I just love watching ashley sing he reminds me of a young elvis, his Heart is in his songs!Don't change America needs a talent like his. As for sixwire sorry guys,my votes onCB.,bros. Next to go should be LOD! It should be CB.,Sixwire,Mile high! Thanks for Great Friday night entertainment,everyone!

December 08 2007 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

IMO, LoD is still on the show due to VoteForTheWorst.com (and all of their schoolmates back home).

December 08 2007 at 7:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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G. Gabriel

Ashkey from the Clarke does not have a great voice, but sings with such outstanding passion that he pulls the listner right into the song. He truly evokes feeling. A great quality in a singer, and rare.

Six wire is the tightest band, however their sound pretty much blends in with other artist in country music.

In regard to Light Of doom I somewhat fault the judges for them lasting this long. They have gone very easy on them until the 8th show. I feel encourangment should have been handled differently. Building them up as they were was only setting them up for a reality check, and a big let down. Hope they have the strenght to get through it. They do good for kids, but that is it. They cannot compete with the seasoned muscians in the show. Every song they play sounds the same. There is no definition to their music. Its riduculous. Now the judges and producers are frantic. What will they do if they win. What a mess that will be for them. Kiddies stop your voting.

December 08 2007 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alliebaby

I was sorry to see my brothers band go tonight I thought they had done well all through the shows.

December 08 2007 at 4:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jenn

The Clarke Brothers had the best first song. It was an amazing performance. They dropped the ball with their original song. Still there are only two acts worth listening to in this show, CB and Sixwire. Sixwire had by far the best original song even if the song lyrics were a little angry and bitter. And their cover song was very good too. But you expect that from them. They are pros. It's too bad the judges are almost entirely useless.

December 08 2007 at 3:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sourbob

I've been surprised to find myself really enjoying the heck out of The Clark Brothers these last few weeks and wondering why I wasn't initially a fan. Then they sang that "original" song and I remembered. Wow, was that some sorry cliche-ridden tripe.

December 08 2007 at 2:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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