Instead, the quartet, augmented by a keyboardist, played an update on a succession of tried-and-true riffs and choruses, all designed to give the listener a safe sense of familiarity without the imposition of original ideas.
Just what the world needs: a Journey for the ’90s.
Vocalist J.R. Richards has his frontman shtick down cold. The photogenic singer sang pseudo-passionately about myriad lightweight subjects, perfect for the high schooler in search of a band to play the prom.
His bandmates were even less interesting as they struggled to maintain a sense of synchronicity while churning out recycled rock music notable only for its simplicity.
The appearance of current alternative-rock radio winner “Counting Blue Cars,” a harmless ditty Richards said is about questioning authority, had the underwhelmed crowd swaying on cue, while show-closer “Charlie Brown’s Parents” sounded even more like a chart-topper than it did on disc.
The ascent of such other bland outfits as Bush, Hootie & the Blowfish and Gin Blossoms can only mean that a similarly formulaic and camera-ready group like Dishwalla will soon join them at the top of the charts. Alternative rock, indeed.