Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 11 a.m.
Phoenix fedora-rock band The Wiley One admits right up front to being wily, so I approached their latest single, "Never Board on a Board," with a little hesitation.
This is a song about how great all board sports are? Seriously? Kinda seems like a ploy to get a song featured on a broadcast of the X Games (they still have those, right?") or, at the very least, pander to Mountain Dew-drinking fans.
Other songs in the band's catalog don't necessarily help its case. The "acoustic hip hop blues ensemble" (this is why journalists don't let bands make up genre names
) lapses into Blue-Eyed reggae on "Gotta Lotta Love" and penned a call to arms called "Go Green" (best line: "Green like a turtle in the middle of the ocean").
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After watching this impressively hi-fi video promoting the song (download for free here
) I'm not sure, though. Do these guys sincerely love all board sports or are they hoping to, say, sell this to Cowtown