Would you ever want to switch places with someone’s body for a day, a-la the movie Freaky Friday? Or perhaps be inside someone’s mind, a-la the movie Inner Space? California rock trio, Dizzy Box Nine have their sights set on going deeper in the pop-rock tune “Deep Inside Your Mind” via their forthcoming album Faster Than Anticipation. Leave the guesswork and the daydreaming to the professionals, Dizzy Box Nine have it all figured out.
From the first riff to the click-vibe drums, Dizzy Box Nine have a sound that can be quickly appreciated. With the lyrics “don’t, don’t you stand so close, I want you the most” and “let me show you, show you” the song has all the elements of a straight-to-pop radio tune. Is this the response to the Cure’s “Show me, show me, show me” lyrical line from the smash Just Like Heaven?” Exuberant guitars, the kind of licks that sound very West Coast punk/rock charm their way into the track. The lead guitar, playing over subtle bass riff, seem to coil around the lyrics like a handbill to a streetlight. So much of this band has this unabashed fear, this hypnotist Svengali-like hold on the listener when the guitars are churning. Such a warm breeze and fierce sound coming out of the guitars.
Is this about a lost relationship or fainted goals? What does Ludwig want? He contrasts “Don’t you stand so close” with “I want you the most”. So which is it? Is this ironic, or realistic? Is it deterministic? Ludwig leaves it up to the listener to decide. The music takes the listener to where they need to go. After a few listens, “Deep Inside Your Mind” really centers on those guitars (have you picked up on that yet?) and everything else seems to drift away. Rocking renegade masters? Maybe not. But, Dizzy Box Nine have many layers to them and are more than meets the eye.
Dizzy Box Nine is Randy Ludwig (singer, guitar, bass guitar), Tony Robles (guitar) and Ryan Gio (drums). Faster Than Anticipation rolls out this July and follows Electric Illusion (2017) and Pop Fantasy (2019). It sounds like the songs are coming faster, with 14 tracks total on Faster Than Anticipation. This band is easy to like, and offers a refreshing take on where rock can go in the year 2020.
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