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Not Really Pair A Dice

All the "hype" surrounding Pair A Dice has me a little baffled. The band sends a lot of Myspace bulletins - and fans were constantly reposting them right before Rocklahoma. Pair A Dice are on the Retrospect Records label and the band did play the festival. Admittedly, I didn't watch their set - so I cannot comment on their live show.

Pair A Dice reissued their only recordings in a self-titled debut earlier this year. The album features only six tracks:

Stay the Night
Nasty Girls
Nowhere To Run
Where's Jenny
Midnight Train
I'll Be There For You

I do not know why I waited so long to give Pair A Dice a listen - but I did. Anyway, I had the band built up big in my head, so I was a little disappointed when I finally gave the self-titled disc a spin. Pair A Dice has basically horrible production - the songs don't sound remastered at all. My guess is that the songs were taken from a beaten up cassette (or worse) and patched together as best as possible. Problem is, the songs sound very thin. Maybe the band couldn't help this. I know there is only so much you can do to improve the past.

Now, things you can change: poor songwriting. Oh Glam goodness, Pair A Dice have bad songwriting. I mean, it's like every Glam cliché ...captured on tape, er...CD. Here's the thing: I think Pair A Dice have some potential as a band. I certainly believe the members have talent. Guitarist Dave Marshall even toured with Vince Neil during the Exposed era (he does not play on that album). Pair A Dice even looks Glam to this day. I think the band would be better served by circling back and recording all new tracks. The new technology means a better sound - and being older (hopefully) means better songwriting. 

The bottom line: I give Pair A Dice props for giving it a shot - but if I never hear the song "Where's Jenny" will be too soon.

Here's "Nowhere to Run"

Reader Comments (2)

Sorry to hear that you don't like them Allyson...but I love 'em! I've become very good friends with them...they are very cool guys.
October 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
I kind of like them too. There's a cool XYZ vibe about their sound, and the production isn't *that* bad. I guess I didn't have such high expectations though..
October 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPat

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