steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion

Lucky 7

Self-Titled CD

Omega Records

Genres: pop-punk, alternative rock

Jan 20 - 26 2003

After winning the "Best Alternative Band of 1999" contest on, Lucky 7 quickly gained the attention of Omega Records, who released their debut Miss Fortune album. From there, they got a spot on the 2002 Warped Tour and then released this, their self-titled sophomore effort. Pretty good for a group of San Diego pop-punkers who started from nowhere.

Their sound is very familiar - catchy melodies, standard pop hooks, and those run-of-the-mill pop-punk vocals. It's clear that they aren't trying to change the genre. But to fans of that style of music, this shouldn't be a problem. In fact, pop-punkers and "alternative rock" fans will likely love their sound, relishing the simple riffs and sing-a-long choruses about girls and love.

A good example of Lucky 7's style is "California Girl." With those familiar power-guitar riffs and emotional-yet-still-"cool" vocals, it's a simple song that will appeal to audiences who just want something simple to sing along and jump around to. Lyrics like "When I can't be there by your side/Minutes last forever/Why sit alone?/When we can be together" make their point simply but stay shallow enough for anyone to pick up on. The rest of the songs share this theme, using similar instrumentation and "I love you"/"I wish I could have you" lyrics.

Altogether, Lucky 7's album will likely appall those in search of a fresh, creative musical experience. However, pop-punk fans looking for something familiarly enjoyable to listen to will be hard-pressed to find anything to complain about.

Fun Fact: Despite their newfound success, Lucky 7 haven't forgotten where they came from.  Their page is still up here with two songs from their new album.  Upon last check, their tunes had been played over 1.7 million times!


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 15 songs, distributed by Amazon, released 2002]