13 April 2020 | Dawalk-1
This Band Doesn't Play A Sour Note Nor Miss A Beat.
I happened upon this show while doing an online search for some other animated T.V. series, this being among the cartoons of which other users searched. Eventually, I viewed it a couple late nights/early mornings ago on Youtube and even though all I've seen is the first episode so far, I already absolutely love it. Another great decision I'm glad I made when it comes to which shows that are new to me to try out and watch. Once again, this has become a new favorite for me of not only one of my favorites of the 2000s and coming out of Britain, but of all time, and I also found myself a new, favorite musical series, and this just may be my most favorite in that genre. I just couldn't wait to get deeper or farther into the series to review it. It seems to be yet another great but underrated show.
This doesn't contain the run-of-the-mill battle of the bands concept and story. It's much more than that. This supergroup of teen musicians (B.B., Freez, and Mo) come together to play for an even bigger, more significant purpose. It involves a matter of saving the world and their performances are what depend on it. The trio have a rivalry with another trio called Mantyz (Kurtz, Lady Lux, and Hitt), who work under the machinations of Mya De Zya, a record label head of a company called ComaCo, responsible for producing prepsie acts. Each of these two music groups has a Sonic Lord that becomes an ally to them: A benevolent, female Sonic Lord called Sugar Che with the titular band (and who were christened by her) and a malevolent, male Sonic Lord called Vox with Mantyz. Sugar Che represents keeping the world balanced, whereas Vox represents keeping the world imbalanced. In addition to the twelve musical notes, there's a thirteenth note that must be obtained as a crucial part of preventing the world from being put out of whack, so then there will be harmony rather than discord; everything with be tonal instead of atonal; sonant rather than dissonant. Each of the Sonic Lords provides assistance towards their goals along the way. The heroes and heroine are destined to be the saviors of the world.
The program gets off to a strong start with its writing of the plot of the first episode. The setup is well done. At first, when I saw the illustrations of the main characters, I thought the art style was much like that of the spy show, Delilah and Julius, but not quite entirely. It's at least partly like that anyway, since the art seems to be a combination of 2D and CGI, if there's a term for this, then I don't know if there's any, other way to describe it, but they blend flawlessly well. The animation has plenty of fluidity, the backgrounds and layouts aren't hard on the sight. The protagonists are well-liked and their adversaries make for worthy challengers. Not only the theme song is pleasant to listen to, but so are the musical numbers, very entertaining, enjoyable enough, and pleasingly catchy, original songs that are eclectic, spanning genres. Although this is a British production, I think, like, most of the characters' voices aren't British-accented, but regardless of that, they still sound fine. One thing of note, singer Jamelia provides Sugar Che's singing voice. The heroic musicians should've been among those mentioned, at least, in the honorable mentions of Watch Mojo's Top 10 Animated Bands list-video. Because I consider them to be a potential hit.
I look forward to going through the rest of this series. An excellent first impression that wasn't a let down at all in my view. Another one I wish I could've seen sooner. It might be one of the most slept-on cartoons. Any readers, I plead to check this out, it's well worth a watch. There are no sour notes to be found, let alone heard, here. Recommended.