2012 AT Showcase Round 2: The Hidden Rex | Rock Candy

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2012 AT Showcase Round 2: The Hidden Rex

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A more amiable band would be hard to find. Likewise a more self-deprecating one. "Mindblowingly mediocre!" Hidden Rex singer/guitarist Derek Damron quipped after a song mid-set as a suggestion for something for the judges to write down. Most did, but they also wrote things like this:

Guest judge Isaac Alexander: "Charmingly self-deprecating, nerdy pop at its finest."

Sammy Williams: "They sound like a 7-inch from 1991."

Cheyenne Matthews: "I would party with the bass player [Maxwell DeYoung] any day, any time. Call me!" And then she drew a heart.

I thought the band sounded like Jonathan Richman as backed by the Meat Puppets and that it got better as its set progressed. Hidden Rex's last song, "My Best Friend's Sister," was a pop gem. Several of the judges singled it out.

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