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Dishwalla

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.

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Band: J.R. Richards, Rodney Browning, Scot Alexander, George Pendergast, Jim Wood.

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.

Dishwalla

Production: Dishwalla (Troubadour; 350 capacity; $ 10) Promoted by Goldenvoice. Reviewed June 11, 1996. At the first of two sold-out shows at the Troubadour, Santa Barbara's Dishwalla revealed a sure-fire formula for commercial rock-radio success, but offered little by way of individuality or inspiration.

With: Band: J.R. Richards, Rodney Browning, Scot Alexander, George Pendergast, Jim Wood.

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