Round of 7
Last time, eight bands
rocked to the Piano Man, but in the end, The Muggs and Rocket were "Movin'
Out". Now eight bands remain, having practiced to the tunes of Leiber &
Stoller ("Hound Dog"). One of them won't even get to play.
Quick reminder: a band's
performance order doesn't mean anything in regards to who got the most
votes. If they play first, it doesn't necessarily mean they came in
first. And speaking of firsts, time to see who's first to the stage...
... Light of Doom! Mitchell
is the 80s metalhead. Eric's always mad about something. Lucas is a good
scatter. Will people say "Scat" after hearing "Jailhouse Rock"? John's
speechless. The band admits that it's hard to relate to a song that's 40
years older than them. Daniel had an incredible solo and Mitchell wailed
on the drums, according to Sheila. She wants them to quit the cursing,
though. Dicko says it's a good song for them. "At least one of you will
spend the night in a jailhouse." They're becoming more watchable. Me? I
don't think so.
Second to the stage.... the
Clark Brothers! Adam is not responsible. Ashley is the babysitter.
Austin is cut-and-dry. Their next cut is "Saved". This was probably
their best performance to date, and that says a lot. John asks them "Why
do you hate drummers?" Seriously, though, it was "boom". Great. Sheila
says "magnifico." She likes the passion that they bring to the stage.
Dicko says that Ashley drove the tune. "Even a wretch like me feels
closer to salvation."
Going to the green room...
who's up in five... Dominic heads to the green room to talk with Dot Dot
Dot about who's the style icon. That would be the women. The guys are
all glam. And hey, guess what... You're next. Adam eats a lot. Rose is a
ninja. Michael is the nerd. Stephan is the wheelman. "Love Potion No. 9"
is the song. Good is the attempt. John says they pulled off playing a
really goofy novelty song with dignity. Sheila thought that they were
smart in using the girls. They're real musicians. Dicko calls it the
second solid performance in a row, but Adam needs to inject some
personality and work with the women as well.
Going back to the green
room... the halfway players are... Cliff Wagner & the Old #7! Cliff does
pretty much everything. Devitt is the right-hand man. They deliver
"Poison Ivy"... A different flavor of bluegrass. Pretty doable. John
thought they adapted the song well and pushed the boundaries. Sheila
thought it was superb, but she agrees with John saying that it needed to
be harder. Dicko says they have to be careful, but that's the second
"soporific" version. They're going to have to get past the gatekeepers
of the industry. They're going to have to prove that they're relevant.
Keeping it going. We're over
the hump. Fifth up is... Denver & the Mile High Orchestra! Denver
relishes in getting away with a little more than most. Justin on
trombones likes to sleep in. Jeff on keys is the idea man. Here's an
idea... play "Ruby Baby" before Justin goes to take a nap. That's nice
and funky right there. Johnny doesn't think so. He thinks the funk
skills are limited, and that Denver has to stop hiding behind the horns.
Sheila agrees with me. They're playing outside the box. Dicko says that
if he's going to buy soul funk, he's not going to buy it from "a bunch
of super-straight white dudes in business casual."
Down to three bands. And the
next one is... Sixwire! Andy is the money guy. John heads up PR. Robb is
the mother hen. They try out a tune from the 80s, "I Keep Forgettin'
(Every Time You're Near)." That was pretty well adapted for Andy's
voice. John says that they're one of the strongest bands, but not the
strongest. "It just felt like you were going through the motion." Sheila
mentions that they were given the name "Sexy-Wire", but the song was
anything but. Dicko compares Andy to Prince Charming from Shrek. "It's
like a lukewarm bath. You play, chicks swoon. It shouldn't be hormone
Last act of the night... is
either Franklin Bridge... or Tres Bien. The final band to take the stage
tonight.... is... TRES BIEN!. Which means that it's back to Franklin
Bridge for Franklin Bridge. Sheila thought they made a mistake. "America
got it wrong this time."
Meanwhile, Tres Bien! gets
ready to play. Crowe is the mother. Ryan's the dad. Cody's the messy
little brother. Mikey's the older obnoxious brother. Together, they're
one big happy dysfunctional family. "This one's for Franklin Bridge."
They play us out with "Some Other Guy." John thought it was great.
Sheila thought people really like them, and wants them to have their own
cartoon. Dicko thought it was a perfect song, but they look like the
house band from Hairspray.
So to recap...
Headliners: Clark Bros., Dot
Dot Dot, Tres Bien!
Opening Acts: Cliff Wagner & the Old #7, Denver & the Mile High
Tending Bar: Light of Doom, Sixwire
But that's just what we
think. It's all about you. Remember, one of these bands will NOT play
next week. What did your votes do? We'll find out next time.