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River City High: Not Enough Saturday NightsNot Enough Saturday Nights (2006)
Reviewer Rating: 2.5
Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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River City High, a band that perhaps should have been left dead after the collapse of MCA and the loss of half of their members, is back baby! Their troubled story has been all laid out for us in an extensive MySpace blog; I’ll spare you and give you the Reader’s Digest version: Though the band lost their MCA recordings, in 2004 Doghouse released the Extended Play EP with some of the new songs re-recorded. But bassist/singer James Menefee and guitarist Mark Avery were planning on starting fresh with a new project in late 2004 when they got a call that they had by default made the finals on MTV2’s Dew Circuit Breakout when the original 12th place band broke up. So with their two new members they decided to give it a shot for the money, honey: 50,000 cool ones. In one of the great wrongs of all time they beat out one of my favorite bands, Mock Orange, and more hilariously Hawthorne Heights to take home the prize which was used to fund this recording, their first full album since 2001. I feel for the band; they have had more than their share of ups and downs, and while this record is mainly simplistic and pompous bar rock, it has some redeeming qualities and some downright fun moments.
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