Dig Jelly: For Your Inner Angry Child

Date: 11-01-2005

By Mark Beneventi, Harder Beat Magazine, Nov. 2005 issue

Dig Jelly is a trip. Actually, they're multiple trips. Their schizoid sound bounds from matinee pop to hip-hop to punk to alternative to stoner metal. No disc in recent memory can claim such a ridiculous range of styles. Talented musicians Joey Felix (drums), Robby Lochner (guitar) and Rain Balen (bass) back mighty-mite Rayko, a barely five-foot tall doll - who writes all the music and lyrics and produced For Your Inner Angry Child, their new CD from Centerline Music.

Her energy is unbounded. "Music is all I wanna do. It's the only thing I can do!" she says with pride of a razor focus. "I don't wanna be a jack of all trades."

Born and raised in Tokyo, she left for America after junior high. "I had nothing, just a bag and my dreams." Her speech accelerates now. "If you're going to make it, you have to make it in America. So I moved in with some surfer friends. I learned English because no one would ever listen to the music otherwise."

[...] Working the merch. booth after her set at Hailey's in Denton, the words "awesome" and "amazing" were shot at her from every direction, people thrilled with what they saw and heard. "This tour (30+ cities with Veruca Salt) has been awesome! We've gotten tons of new fans."

Well, add one more. Check 'em out on MySpace.

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