Artist: Jaymz Dare
Song: “Rock Paper Scissors” (from his self-titled CD)
Heard by: Aaron Rubin, San Diego
It was awful. It wanted it to sound like Soft Cell, but it didn’t achieve it. This is a great example of why people shouldn’t get an Mbox or Pro Tools and make a CD. There’s zero quality control. There was no point in writing that song; the better version has already been written. The guy that wrote that song can’t possibly think it’s great. When I hear that song, I picture someone sitting in his bedroom really scratching the bottom of the creativity barrel. There’s no E for effort even. I’d give it a 1 out of 10. Hang it up. Don’t quit your day job.
Artist: Joey Harris & the Mentals
Song: “She’s on the Pill” (from their self-titled CD)
Heard by: Salomon Maya, Chula Vista
Lyrically, it was not my thing. It kept repeating, “She’s on the pill.” Musically, it was not that bad. It had a little bit of the Doors in there. The bass riff and the guitar riff were great. I think the song was about birth control, but, obviously, it’s about something more, too. I think it could have some radio airplay. I just saw The Hangover, and I could see that song in a buddy comedy where they’re driving to Las Vegas. It’s catchy and as a Top 40 listener, I’d give it a 6.5 out of 10. I wouldn’t change the channel if it was playing on the radio.
Artist: Revenge Club
Song: “Dead Girls” (from the CD The Reds of Their Eyes)
Heard by: David, Mission Hills
I liked the beginning and end more than the middle. For some reason, in the middle it got a little boring, but then at the end it picked up. I would compare them to Metric. It doesn’t sound like a lot of underground punk; it sounds a little bit more mainstream. Not many punk bands have female singers. She sang a little off-key at times. The tone of the song was kind of dark and morbid...although I did like the drums. That’s a good enough song to go on the radio. Moshing would be an obvious activity for that song.