The Next Great American Band: Episode 9
Did the voting get it right this week, leaving us talent in the remaining three bands who will vie for the title next week? Or did the teenyboppers and Vote For The Worst site rule the voting?
In case folks haven't seen the show, we'll talk about it after the jump.
Each band sang three songs tonight. The first one was a pick by one of the judges, the second was picked by the show, and the last song was the band's own favorite performance of the season. While the bands rotated for each pick selection, I'm once again listing this by band using the rotation order of bands as they appeared. Why? Well, um ... it consolidates it and makes for easier reading. Oh. Okay, I'll confess -- it's much easier for me to write it this way.
Er. I know. I'm a cruel person, aren't I? But, while I think that they have talent for their age, that's the problem. They're up against well-seasoned bands with so much more talent. They're kids trying to compete in an adult world and they just can't do it.
Onto the show ...
Denver and the Mile High Orchestra
I love to watch these guys perform and they didn't disappoint me tonight.
Sheila E. made the judge's choice song pick for them. She chose "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire. I can see why she picked it -- it's a bigger band kind of song which would give them a chance to work on a great arrangement.
John Rzeznik said the thought it was impressive, they're a great live act and do well with cover songs. He doesn't see an album, though. Sheila said she thought Earth, Wind and Fire would be proud of them. Dicko said something nasty about disco.
The show's pick for DMHO was "Vehicle" by the Ides of March. When I heard that, I thought it a perfect song choice. And, that it was! John declared it exciting and said when they play live they're full of energy. Sheila said it was powerful. Dicko thinks that Denver was sharp and engaging.
The band's own pick was an original song of theirs -- "The Way You Move Me." I think the song really shows off their talents. It's a strong song, great arrangements, and definitely a keeper. John said it was well-written and Denver really stays on top of the band and leads them. Sheila said they give others inspiration to play an instrument. Dicko said (complimentary, I think) that it sounded like an old standard. I think the judges like the band, but don't know how successful they'd be in selling their music. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it, but I feel a bit the same way. Live act, hands down ... they're great.
The Clark Brothers
I think I want an entire DVD of these guys performing. They're one of the most mesmerizing groups I've ever seen. I think some of the covers they do have an edge over their own material for the most part. But I think they get possessed by the music and it becomes some sort of magical one with them. Or something equally bizarre.
John picked "Change the World" as popularized by Eric Clapton for them. They didn't do it Clapton style. They made it a Clark Brothers song. John called it an original and unique interpretation. Sheila said they must keep being who they are and it was awesome. Dicko said they breathed fire into the performance. He added he's a cynical hack but they've made him a believer.
The show's pick for them was "Amazed" by Lonestar. The brothers showed once again that they can make a tender song exciting and touch emotions. John said it made him feel like a giddy little schoolgirl, it was beautiful, and they exuded confidence. Dicko thought it would have been a better song choice for Sixwire and likes the songs in which the brothers feed off Ashley's energy.
For their own choice, they picked "This Little Light of Mine/Faith, Faith, Faith." Oh. My. God. If you saw the performance, it was the epitome of being possessed by the music. I don't know how else to describe it. John said they were the most deserving of the win. Sheila said they made the light of God shine. Dicko called them magical. Yes, yes, and yes.
These guys are indeed a quality band. They should be out there making music for the masses. Although I'm down for a Clark Brothers win, I'd be remiss if I were to totally dismiss Sixwire. For me they're like a modern day Doobie Brothers -- southern roots, but you can dance to it.
Dicko's picko for them (sorry, I couldn't resist) was "Reeling in the Years" by Steely Dan. He wanted to see how they did with the guitars and vocals in it. I think the guitar work was perfect, but I thought they missed a bit on the vocals at one point, then brought it all together. Since the judges didn't mention that, maybe it was just in my mind.
John said he's not a Steely Dan fan, but thought they were great. Sheila said they nailed both the vocals and the guitars (and drums, too). Dicko said they turned the judge into a fan.
The show's pick for them was "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" by England Dan and John Ford Coley. An interesting choice, I'll say. Not one I would have thought of for them. John said it was well-done, but bordering a bit on smooth jazz. Sheila said their approach was great and it showed their acoustic abilities as well as their versatility. Dicko said they sounded like an old boy band who forgot to break up.
For their own song, they chose their original "Good to be Back." This is a strong and solid song. I think it really suits the band and you can tell they love performing it. John said it was impressive. Sheila said it was that song which clinched their spot in the top twelve. Dicko said it was their statement song and they're contenders.
So, that was it. I still think out of the three bands left, all very talented in their own right, the Clark Brothers are something very special. I guess I'll find out just how special on the finale next week!
|Denver and the Mile High Orchestra||58 (13.2%)|
|The Clark Brothers||294 (66.8%)|