steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

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"Perspectives In Perspective" CD

Roy G. Biv Spelled Backward Music

Genres: indie rock, emo, pop-punk

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Mar 3 - 9 2003

Taking their name after a mnemonic device for remembering the colours in the electromagnetic spectrum, RoyG.Biv are a Chicago rock band with a nice sound and a penchant for melody.

Although they certainly aren't doing anything that hasn't been before (again and again and again...), their strong, tight arrangements should appeal to most rock fans.  Songs like "To The People" and "Everyone Goes To Heaven" pose strong walls of guitars over emotional vocals.  "I'm Here Now," meanwhile, starts off by establishing a groove, and then builds upon it by adding chiming guitars and semi-whiny singing that will likely scare off most emo haters.

Their sound is a combination that of indie rock acts like Superchunk, emo bands like The Get Up Kids, and even some more recent outfits like The Arrivals.  They often get whiny, but the pop-punk guitars manage to keep it from sounding pathetic or overly self-lamenting. 

Perspectives In Perspective will crave anyone's desire for some good ol' emotional rock music, providing they aren't too macho to accept it.  And, y'know, there's no doubting that "Everyone Goes To Heaven" is wicked ass song.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 songs, distributed by the band, released 2002]