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Not Enough Saturday Nights

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Album Review

Five years have passed since River City High released a new album, and in that time, they've been signed and dropped from a major label (having a completed record shelved in the process), half of their lineup has been replaced, and, just so it's not all bad news, they also won an MTV2 on-air contest for up-and-coming bands. No doubt rejuvenated by that last bit of success, the Richmond quartet persevered, found a new label home (on Cali indie Takeover) and finally resurfaced with their sophomore full-length, Not Enough Saturday Nights. Suitably titled, the guys sound like they're having some of the most fun of their career. They're confident, almost challenging listeners to not groove along — but it's a toss-up as to how many old fans will. Remember the aggressive punk-influenced rock of their past? Well, "Dogwood Queen" and "Bastard" rip the record open with River City High now sounding like a bunch of ex-hardcore guys embracing their cock rock loving pasts; it's all thick riffing, gravelly-tough vocals, muscular rhythms, and a dash of Southern flavor (they were definitely wearing cowboy hats, sleeveless button-downs and boots during recording). With the exception of "Amy" and "Be There," which bring back the Fat Wreck-ish punk sound, the record is basically late-night rock for townies and roadside bars, the band owing much to Thin Lizzy, Bob Seger, and Chuck Berry (who they even thank in "Pass That Riff"). Thankfully, though, there's enough variety here to keep things from being all sweat and testosterone; nothing completely misses the mark (though "A Better Day" sounds disturbingly like a cross between Rick Springfield and Fleetwood Mac) and relatively more composed tracks like "Understand" and "The Hard Way" mix things up nicely. But despite wanting to have a good time (and making music to match it), the some punk here, some balls-out rock there vibe makes the listen a bit uneven and the band's desired direction unclear. There's enough to satisfy for a bit, but hopefully River City High will figure things out further one of these hungover Sunday mornings.

Customer Reviews

You love'm or hate'm

Finally a new record. Well they have completely shrugged off that rock/emo tag. Let's not kid anyone, this record is a math equation = one half Thin Lizzy + one half Supersuckers. It's good, just a little too contrived 70's rock at times. There are some really good songs, but also alot of "hey guitar" going on. I miss the feeling of the first three records. OK, it's good, not great, but a really fun record for straight up guitar in the air rock record. Grab a PBR or Budweiser and enjoy.

Took A While, But they are back, and better than Ever!

Rock Revolution! Best work yet, phenominal guitar play, and if you havent yet you must go see them live!

Good lil Album

Most of your friends probably havent heard of them but this CD is pretty good. Not as good as the other CD's but still worth the investment

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Richmond, VA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

River City High formed out of the ashes of Fun Size and Inquisition in early 1999. Based out of Richmond, VA, the lineup of singer/bassist James Menefee, guitarists Mark Avery and Bob Anderson, and drummer Jay McMillan had a love for old-school rock & roll. Their added touch of '90s hardcore was first captured on their debut EP, Richmond Motel, which was released by Big Wheel Records in February 2000. Drawing the attention of Doghouse Records, the two labels worked out a deal to "share" the band,...
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