Wednesday, February 1, 2012

You Were Robbed – Pay The Girl

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Pay The Girl “Pay The Girl”

This self-titled debut by the Cincinnati rockers calling themselves “Pay The Girl” bowed in 2003 to deaf ears. After hearing this set of radio friendly pop rock tunes, it makes the mind wonder why they couldn’t sneak above the crowd to match the success of like-minded bands such as Matchbox 20 or Goo Goo Dolls. These songs boast potent production and a perfect mix of gritty guitars with pop sensibilities. Lead vocalist Jason Allen Phelps has a warm rock voice that fits into the band’s tasty rock groove effortlessly.

The track “Freeze” received modest attention at adult rock radio, but should have been much bigger in my opinion. A snippet of the video is below – check it out and see if you agree.

“Beverly” is even more radio friendly with its pop hook aping the megahit “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)” from Nine Days. But my favorite track is “All You Are”, a biting breakup song with a huge sing-a-long chorus.

The back half of the record is quite strong as well, with smoldering cuts like “Traded”, “I’m Not Like You”, and the moving closer “We Both Lose”. The chord changes in the chorus are quite unique but a strong melody still emerges that sticks with you.

True, the record is not a masterpiece, but surely deserved more attention than it got. Unfortunately, the band would release no more records after this one fizzled – a real shame considering that their debut was so impressive. I imagine these guys would have reached great heights. If anyone knows what happened to them, let us know!

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