The Underground: Pop Eye Jonesin’

The Underground: Pop Eye Jonesin’

By Molly Fleming, Staff Writer

“The Underground” is a music/CD review for musicians who have less than two gigs a month and offer public access to samples of their music, e.g. promo CDs, Internet samples, etc. If the band has more than two gigs a month, but those gigs are house- party shows, then they are also eligible for “The Underground”. The CD or tape does not have to be in wide circulation, but must be readily available to the public at the shows, or through request. Garage bands and struggling musicians may send their samples and brief bio to Molly Fleming at The Rock River Times, 128 N. Church St. 61101

The use of profane language has been offered as a substitute to a wider vocabulary. For those who nag others with that little chestnut, here’s something to prove them wrong: Pop Eye Jonesin’s (4 Offbeat Shenanigans) new CD Pissed Off Music for Pissed Off People.

Who they are

No, it’s not in record stores, and the CD is not readily available unless it’s procured at the shows; that’s how it follows “The Underground” guidelines. But if music fans are looking for something new, Jesus Correa, Mike Pederson, Jon Lief, Ben Smith and Jeremy Klonicki are introducing a new concept to hip-hop. Their version isn’t the blue-eyed rap of Eminem, or the senseless splutterings of Limp Bizkit, but an intellectual angle to an otherwise misunderstood form of music.

The music

The language is profane, but necessary. The same feelings and colors would not be conveyed without the various four-letter words that accent and add quality to their points. The lyrics are fueled with brilliance, irony, eloquence and rampant rage against personal offenders. Although there should be a parental warning on Pop Eye Jonesin’s flyers and CD covers, it’s worth picking up at C.J.’s, where they usually play about once a month.

Their words, when distinguishable, represent base anger against ignorance (“New Age Hanging Tree”), promiscuity (“Sl*#s and Slizzards”), and anyone that irritates these musicians (“F#@* You With an Everlasting Passion”), but the rage isn’t that of blind hatred. Their songs are simple and opinionated, with hysterical and innovative harmonies by Correa and Pederson.

The lyrics aren’t too different from the music, that is, the instrumentals have the same energy of passion and irony. There seems to be a constant struggle in the sound within the group, as if no one can make up their minds about how serious they want to be in playing. The group utilizes an amazing variety of sounds that can be made on guitar, bass and drums; experimental to say the least, but it’s fresher than anything that’s come out of this town in a while. The sound is purposely loose, but with no pretentious premeditation.

For the most part, the music is all around punk-hop, without any Fred Durst influence (which immediately makes anything tolerable).

Who they sound like

It would be nice to say that there was an array of influences that would make this band easier to relate to so that readers could get an idea of what they sound like. But honestly, there really isn’t anything like these boys. Perhaps one could say very loosely that Pop Eye Jonesin’ is a mix up of Crass with the lyrical brilliance of all the good 2 Pac songs. There is also a little spattering of influences from Tortoise and The Ex, but it should be kept in mind that these are only vague descriptions.

What to expect

Expect some insanity at a Pop Eye Jonesin’ show, and know that nothing you could imagine will prepare you for a performance by these musicians. Pop Eye Jonesin’ played last weekend at C.J.’s lounge donned in full choir boy apparel. The highlight of evening, which was described vividly by an audience member, was when Pederson stripped off his cloak to reveal a bright pink walking suit complete with a fuscia cap that read “World’s Best Dad,” while singing songs like “Bring it To My B#@%$.” It is doubtful whether anything Pop Eye Jonesin’ does on stage will be repeated, but it would be a good idea check out how they will perform next.

Any bars or individuals interested in booking this band for a gig or party should know that small children and those with a delicate disposition should not be in attendance. The band is interested in audience participation, so they’re a good group for parties—especially raucous get-togethers. Weddings, graduations (unless extremely liberal) and baptismal celebrations are probably not a good setting for Pop Eye Jonesin’, but they would most likely perform anywhere if asked.

Last words

Pop Eye Jonesin’ would like people to come to their show in October at C.J.’s lounge. They’ve got a lot of new ideas to offer to the music community, and they’re also well worth seeing just for novelty’s sake. Basically, the reason that they have only one gig booked, on Oct. 25, is because “we’re lazy,” Correa commented. Also, he added a warning for future attendees, “Pop Eye Jonesin’ hates you.”

A copy of Pop Eye Jonesin’s Pissed Off Music for Pissed Off People may be purchased at their shows, as well as by calling Jesus Correa at 227-9017. Ask for a copy, and ask about their upcoming gigs.

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