These guys get an A for effort. San Jose band Insolence has taken away from its angry roots what is quickly becoming a stagnant white boy rap genre and lightened it up a bit with dance-hall rhythms, dub grooves and more melody between pummeling guitar attacks. They haven't gone pop or anything; they won't be breaking through on TRL, but Insolence's rap-rock is definitely more mature and refined than a majority of their musical counterparts.
Like vocalist Mech 1 says, in a recent press statement: "I hope that we were able to use anger and love in equal measures. ... When I'm older, I want to be able to look back and say that I wasn't talking about drugs and Satan and crap. I was out there trying to make a difference and making people think."
It's not hard to get attention with such an urban, West Coast sound. The sextet includes guitarist Mike Rowan and drummer Armando Cardenas, who both do double duty on the turntables. Their scratches and sampling keep the music modern and clean, while lead vocalists Mech 1 and Mark Herman present a bouncing reggae-laden mike rock. All the guitars, the growling, the pistoning bass lines are still there, but even if you prefer mountain jams to Limp Bizkit, Insolence will make you groove.
They play Saturday night at 8 with Corporate Avenger and Hoobustank. Admission is $8.50. Get the skinny by calling 447-9797.