Okay. Dig it my little babies. I came across this band because my editors sent them to me and asked me to listen to them and review them for the magazine. Okay. That’s my job, and I like my job, so I did it. But with great reservations. My first thoughts after reading the band’s bio, and seeing their photo with the little “Pop Rocks” logo, was “You have GOT to be F*^%ing kidding me!!! The Rooster was SOOO not into this, I gotta admit. But I clicked on the AUDIO link, and listened to the first track, Don’t stop the Sandman. I liked it. I couldn’t believe it. It was like that Mikey Likes It B.S. from the old cereal commercials. I was pleasantly surprised. These guys can PLAY. The singer can SING. And to mix the two songs (Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and Metallica’s Enter Sandman) was something I actually thought of as novel, yet I wondered what I would think of the band after the novelty of it all wore off. While listening to the first published track, I read the titles of the other three and tried to guess what original songs made up the root of the tracks and what they would sound like. Instantly, from the title of the second track, I thought that these guys HAD to have bitten off more than they could chew. Dreaming of a Whole Lotta Breakfast, the name of the second track could only be ONE THING. A combination of Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin, and Breakfast in America by Supertramp. For those of you who don’t know (And I’m assuming that MOST of the readers of this magazine do NOT know anything about Supertramp. Only because you’re too young and it’s not part of the genre you’re used to subjecting me too.), Supertramp is a BAND’S band. Musician’s musicians. It’s a group of the best of the best. Kinda like Rush, Dream Theater, and Yes. Your average listener can’t comprehend the songs. They know they like them. But they don’t really know WHY. And Breakfast in America is one of those songs that simply cannot be emulated by anyone unless they are TRULY badass musicians. I’ve NEVER heard a cover band attempt it. Much LESS get it right. Guess what. These guys pulled it off. Not only did they pull it off, they NAILED IT. Not the bubble gum pop I expected after reading their bio. They took one of Rock and Roll’s greatest acts of all time and added a second of Rock and Roll’s all time greats, mixed it up in a cup, drank it as a potion, got HIGH as a kite off of it, and what they produced while stoned off of their collective butts was simply AMAZING. I don’t care if you are into new metal or classic rock. This band’s got something for you. And if they keep doing it the way they’re doing it, I don’t think the novelty will wear off anytime soon. I’m looking forward to the rest of what they have to offer. And as soon as I submit this review to my editor, I’m going to go check out the rest of it. I suggest you do the same.
Go check them out at RockSugarBand.com . You’ll be the better for it if you do. And you may even learn something. Budding musicians and beginning bands, it is THIS type of musicianship that you are aspiring too. And aspiring vocalists, if you can sing as well as the BACKGROUND vocals in this band, then you have achieved something. The harmonies these guys produce are SMOKIN’!!!
On the Fighting Cock Five Star Scale, I rate this band a 4 ½ Stars.
The highest rating The Rooster has EVER given a band in a first review.
So Sayeth the Rooster, EVERMORE!