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Thursday, May 13, 2010

ROCK SUGAR-Melodic Rock Fest Show Review
By: David Felix/Rock Eyez

took the stage for their first of TWO performances over the weekend. Ya gotta love these guys! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the band, what they do is meld heavy metal songs with “pop” classics making them the most original/ un-original band on the circuit! I can’t believe no one has ever thought of this before! The concept is just so simple and works so well… especially with a seasoned group of professional musicians like these guys who are also the all-original band LOUD & CLEAR. And what makes the whole concept even funnier is that even the guys in the band itself LOOK a little bit like other people… Take away the scruffy 5 o’clock shadow, cowboy hat and long hair and lead vocalist Jess Harnell reminds me a little bit of George Clooney (try not to get too “wet” there girls), newest band member and bassist Johnny Five has kind of a Butch Walker look about him, drummer Alex Track looks a little bit like actor Michael Wincott who played the villain Top Dollar in The Crow and even guitarist Chuck Duran bears a striking resemblance to actor Timothy Spall who is best known for his portrayal of Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter films.

This was really a fun set but a little disappointing in a way because just when it seemed the band was getting warmed up, it was time for them to leave. They only performed 2 songs in their brief acoustic appearance which included “Don’t Stop the Sandman” (a melding of METALLICA’s “Enter Sandman” and the JOURNEY classic “Don’t Stop Believin’”) and “Dreaming of a Whole Lotta Breakfast” (figure that one out for yourselves!). Lead vocalist Jess Harnell was definitely on and belted out all the songs and chord changes within the mish-mosh of vocal styles with ease. As I said, really fun set just too damned short but definitely left the audience hungering for their Saturday night performance still to come.

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