Dig Jelly: For Your Inner Angry Child

Date: 11-16-2005

By Nightwatcher, Rock N Roll Universe.

It must be very daunting and bewildering to be a new band these days. I mean, what trends should we try to go for? With things changing at an ever rapid pace, by the time someone records an album in anticipation of being the "Next Big Thing", oftentimes said "Big Thing" is most likely yesterday's news. So, what's a fledgling band to do? Some just go for broke (literally) sticking with one sound that they hope will catch on, or they'll strike the right number in the roulette wheel of fame. Others try to broaden their chances by straddling many genres, hoping against hope that they can appeal to at least some fan's sensibilities.

Well if you're L.A. based band Dig Jelly, you combine influences from all genres of rock, including pop, punk, heavy rock, ballads and even hip hop (with thankfully an emphasis on the hip rather than hop) resulting in a schizophrenic journey through the land of modern rock. Fronted by Asian hottie Rayko, who possesses the pipes to belt it out and scream with the best of them, the band makes a distinct impression here as they skillfully move from genre to genre without missing a beat. Whether it's hard edged rockers such as "Jaded" or "The Ultimate," punk inspired fare such as "Broken Trust" or the alternative pop sensibilities of "Too Deep" or "Whatever" she shows her versatility as she moves from a sultry whisper to a full blown rock n roll scream (such as on the unnerving "Forgiveness") at the drop of the hat, while the band constructs a wall of sound behind her. The genre jumping can be a bit jarring, but it also ensures that the proceedings don't get boring, although a bit more cohesiveness will be necessary for the band to make a truly great album. Still, this is an extremely promising debut which showcases the talents of the band effectively. With a bit more time and seasoning they could make an impact in a huge way.

Boasting a phat, bass heavy production partially courtesy of Richard Kaplan, who's responsible for the sonic stylings of Korn, Slipnot and Limp Bizkit, this is sure to annoy the hell out of passing motorists if one were to blast this in the car. Which considering where the band was coming from, fits in perfectly with what's contained here. Given the right set of circumstances, with the tight musicianship and full blown energy contained on this disc, I can see this band making a big inroad into modern rock radio with this release.

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