Dig Jelly: For Your Inner Angry Child

Date: 02-04-2006

By Jj, Shakenstir, 2006

"CRAVE" their second album release is filled with energetic, strong hooked, mind driving songs. With 14 tracks that illustrate Rayko's ability to express herself in her song writing , with lyrics that their young/young at heart audience can relate to. For above reasons and many more, songs from "CRAVE," has been featured in quite a few films as well as MTV's "Undressed." The album was produced by David Dunn and co-produced by Rayko. Their third album is partially produced by Richard Kaplan (Korn / Slipknot / Limp Bizkit) but mostly produced by Rayko. Dig Jelly is getting ready to tour their their CD, titled "FOR YOUR INNER ANGRY CHILD." You can see even higher growth of Rayko's writing skills not only to keep up to-date, but to capture the attention of tomorrow's audience. And to hit youth market hard and strong.

If you enjoy live performances, Dig Jelly is special to watch. They have a blend of raw energy and sex appeal that grabs the attention of everyone in any given venue. Their upbeat personalities and showmanship on stage are not only well received by their audience but by anyone they meet. The band has recently completed a 45 city tour with Veruca Salt and their latest album has been picking up radio plays along the way. Centerline president Howard Lipp declared, "Look out for Rayko and Dig Jelly, this girl is on fire, coming your way to scorch your ass!"

This is Dig Jelly. So sayeth the biog from the band, so therefore so it must be true!!!

Well, without having heard anything prior to FOR YOUR INNER ANGRY CHILD, I really can't argue. But on listening to the latest release it's obvious that there is great talent at work here. Sure, it's easy to spot influences, Linkin Park come to mind for the ability to take the vocal from angelic to evil in one fell swoop. No Doubt are another, for the strong female lead, juxtaposed rhythm and sheer out and out determination to scream, shout and be heard. There is also a strong 'European' feel to the record, which is hard to pinpoint, but there's a defo undercurrent. Constant through all of this is melody, you can call it 'hooks' if you want but straight out of the box it has Californian sunshine breaking loose. It's the kind of melody that the Go Go's used to do, and of course Belinda Carlisle (Who was a Go Go). One term that comes to mind is a 'Hard Rock Bangles' and it's great once you get in on the ride...

Sure the band is hard, yes they rock, guitars are turned up loud. Track 8 (Forgiveness) is the foremost evidence of this, but the melodies remain. The title track sounds like a nursery rhyme on acid, a call to arms, a needle in the arms of parental suicide... The band have a cartoon cover to the record that shows them to be aware of their surroundings and able to utilise the whole 'Sexy Girl' with boys marketing, but this is not trading on looks, it's coming on strong with eleven good tracks...

Visiting the bands website, (www.digjelly.com) you will find clips from previous work that hints at the potential this band possesses; you do get the feeling that this record is the bridge to the million-seller in-waiting. Diverse, fresh, interesting, talented - are all words that you could use, but one that sums them up best is 'promising'...

Overall a very strong and listenable record, from the opening salvo of 'Jaded' to the awesome closer 'Alive' this band have created an album that gets better with time and I await the next album with much anticipation. Americans have seen what the band can deliver live, Europe is on the list for 2006, but I feel with the right push, and next time round, with a producer to fine-tune their sound, they could explode onto a market devoid of strong female fronted rock acts; they should write a song called 'What happened to Gwen' just as they step up to replace, there is No Doubt...

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