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Lola Ray
I Don't Know You (DC Flag)

By: Mike SOS

Lola Ray may be comprised of four young men, but this outfit has the swagger of a polished and confident group of veterans, currently on display on the band's inaugural release, I DON'T KNOW YOU. While the band was signed and distributed by the label run by the Madden twins from everyone's favorite band to hate, Good Charlotte, don't hold it against Lola Ray, even if a lot of the 10-track album sounds like it could invade every MTV show's soundtrack and make a killing. The pop punk which the band pours out straight from the heart may send teens into a tizzy like Mest and Yellowcard do, but it also shows elements of The Cure, Prince, and Weezer at its quirkiest, and is far from many of the second and third tier bands prominently cashing in on the mall punk boom. The outfit's lyrics are pretty deep (especially on the dramatic "She's a Tiger"), and the two-toned feel of "One By One" and the hip shaking, ass-grinding sway of "What It Feels Like" takes focus off of who Lola Ray knows and instead shows you that they know what they're doing.
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