Jypsi – “Mr. Officer”

Juli Thanki | August 5th, 2009

Jypsi - Mr Officer

The sartorially-challenged Rische siblings are back! Of course, you may not have even missed their absence, considering that the group’s 2008 debut was only released digitally, and its only single, “I Don’t Love You Like That,” topped out at #38. But Jypsi has picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and given radio success another shot with new single “Mr. Officer.”

Here the Risches, who range in age from 18 to 27, tackle that rite of passage for every young adult with a driver’s license: Getting pulled over and attempting to sweet-talk your way out of a ticket.

Now, the young speeder in question doesn’t do what everyone else in her shoes would do–i.e. blame her lead foot on a broken speedometer/labor pains/acute case of dysentery. Instead, she offers up the lamest of lame explanation: she “just can’t stop thinkin’ ‘bout him.” Oh, also “it’s such a pretty day.” We only hear one side of this conversation, but it’s pretty clear that Lillie Mae wants poor Mr. Officer, who probably suffers dopey excuses like this all day long, to tase himself into sweet, sweet oblivion.

Considering the musical chops displayed on their debut album (especially rollicking bluegrass instrumental “Kandi Kitchen” and the vocal harmonies displayed throughout the record), it’s a little puzzling as to why this song was chosen as their “comeback” single and why the band has seemingly chosen to depart from their softer roots-pop sound in favor of thumping Top 40 drums that, during the chorus, nearly overshadow the fiddles and brother Frank’s guitar.

Despite its shortcomings—and there are a few—“Mr. Officer” is bursting at the seams with carefree, youthful exuberance and bright three-part harmony. It’s pretty easy to imagine speeding down some freeway with this on the radio. However, will this easy charm carry the song after the shine wears off (about the time the lyric “Yes I know that this is not the Autobahn” stops being amusing)? It all depends on the listener: still crack a smile at similar one-way conversation songs like Brad Paisley’s “Me Neither” or Daryle Singletary’s “Too Much Fun”? Then you’re good to go. Otherwise you might want to pass this one by.

Though Jypsi certainly has the talent and the experience to stand alongside other successful mixed-gender country-pop groups such as Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and Gloriana, this may not be the best showcase of their skill. “Mr. Officer” may get a few extra spins compared to “I Don’t Love You Like That,” but it’s not a song worthy of the group’s potential. Luckily, it is worthy of that “Guilty Pleasure” playlist on your iPod.

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  1. antonio
    August 5, 2009 at 9:04 am

    i wonder if they spent as much time on the record (or the song) as they did on their clothes and hair. and the pose. and the tattoo. plus, that guy looks like a douche.

  2. Razor X
    August 5, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Sounds like a rip-off of Tanya Tucker’s “Highway Robbery”. What a creepy looking group.

  3. Pierce
    August 5, 2009 at 10:20 am

    … there’s a guy in that picture? :)

  4. Charles Murphy
    August 5, 2009 at 10:24 am

    THIS CRAP IS NOT COUNTRY…IT’S BAD ROCK!! When is the bubble gonna burst in Nashville?? They are peddling this kinda music with a bunch of poser idiots. It’s sounds like discarded or regurgitated Avril Lavigne junk…not too mention they are trying way too hard to look cutting edge. You aren’t cutting edge if you look like a bunch of douched out zombies.

  5. Kelly
    August 5, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Where’s Rick?

  6. Leeann Ward
    August 5, 2009 at 11:19 am

    You guys are just trying to get Rick going… Aren’t you?:)

  7. Juli
    August 5, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    You guys are just trying to get Rick going… Aren’t you?:)

    It’s so fun ;-) If mentioning Jypsi–whose bubblegum sound is seemingly represented by that chick’s hair–doesn’t work, we’ll just have to start talking Obama…

  8. Razor X
    August 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    … there’s a guy in that picture? :)

    I sure hope so because one of them has a beard.

  9. antonio
    August 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    let’s not. it’s so predictable, it’s a joke.

  10. Razor X
    August 5, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Does that one chick — the second from the right — have her dress on backwards?

  11. antonio
    August 5, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    that guy looks like the unabomber with a hot topic card. and a flash of fred sanford. pathetic.

  12. Leeann Ward
    August 5, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Juli,
    Kill me now!

  13. Juli
    August 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Leeann, the fact that this song is being marketed as country and not trashy pop–the genre in which it would actually fit (clearly it should have been offered to Kelly Clarkson first; she would’ve done quite well with it)–isn’t killing you fast enough?

  14. Leeann Ward
    August 5, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Oh, yes, it is. But putting the nail in the coffin isn’t very friendly of you now, is it?:)

  15. dallas
    August 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    this song is the PERFECT mix to the already bland and redundant country music scene.

    oh yeah, and they’re clothes are pretty damn awesome.

  16. Lanibug
    August 5, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    You are discussing their clothes and no comments about the PINK hair….

  17. Jaime
    August 5, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Rick, where are you??? Come out, come out, wherever you are!! :)

  18. Jon
    August 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I like Jypsi; they’re friendly, down-to-earth folks, they’ve got great chops, and they’re doing their own thing.

  19. Rick
    August 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Sorry for arriving so late but I’ve been out pasting “Obama/Joker/Socialism” handbills on freeway overpass supports all over Los Angeles! (lol)

    Juli, Jypsi’s first radio single was actually “Love Is a Drug” with “I Don’t Love You Like That” the follow up (which did much better on the charts). Both of these songs were not representative of Jypsi’s “native” sound and this new single isn’t either.

    The thrift store / hipster look has been a big hindrance to their career but it obviously means a lot to them. Its hard to take a band seriously when they dress like clowns! Its the music that matters to me and their debut album contained a handful of gems that most country music fans have never heard.

    If another album is released, I hope this song is a radio targeted aberration and Jypsi cranks out some more winners like “Shame On Me”, “I Do What I Want” , and “Stray Dogs and Alley Cats”. This band belongs on a label like Sugar Hill/vanguard with Joey + Rory because they are a square peg that won’t fit the round holes in the AirHeads at Top 40 country radio.

  20. Juli
    August 5, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Jypsi’s first radio single was actually “Love Is a Drug”

    Sigh…and I tried so hard to block that one from my mind ;-) I think my favorite track from that record was the Mandy Barnett cover, but “Stray Dogs…” grew on me. They sure can pick; too bad it’s not getting the attention it deserves on this track.

    Anyone seen these kids live recently? Is “Mr. Officer” representative of their concert sound or are they doing the rootsier/grassier stuff for their live performances?

  21. Leeann Ward
    August 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    The way their previous stuff is being described here, I thought there was a good chance I’d like them, but I still can’t get into them at all, judging by the clips I listened to. I’ll take them over Gloriana though.

  22. Stormy
    August 5, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Lanibug: At this point Pink hair is so trite no one notices anymore.

  23. Rick
    August 5, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Leeann, Not even Jypsi’s cover of “Halfway Home Cafe” interests you? How about the vocal harmonies that gain steam in the latter half of the cover of the 60′s rock hit “House of the Rising Son”? You are one tough customer young lady…(lol)

  24. timothy
    August 6, 2009 at 5:51 am

    They are an all girl group like Dixie Chicks..

  25. Jon
    August 6, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Juli, their concert sound depends a lot on the venue and circumstances.

    “Stray Dogs And Alley Cats”… There are a couple of versions around, including a very good one by the Lonesome River Band (sung by Brandon Rickman), but none better than Harley Allen’s own.

  26. Stormy
    August 6, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Timothy: The Chicks are an all woman group.

  27. Ken Morton, Jr.
    August 6, 2009 at 8:00 am

    We hosted them live late in May at an event I help put in called Golf & Guitars in Sacramento. They’re a unique foursome. They came dressed just like the photo to play in the golf tournament. (Pretty funny in itself.) Their music was very bluegrass and rootsy- much more than any other act that we had perform that night- but very high energy. The crowd we had there at the concert was your usual top 40 country music crowd and they had a 50/50 love/hate reaction to the group from those I talked with.

  28. Kelly
    August 6, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I’ll admit that I may swing by their set at ACL festival out of sheer curiousity, but I doubt it. There are too many tough choices already to make throughout that weekend…

  29. TenPoundHammer
    August 6, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Why did “I Don’t Love You Like That” tank? It debuted almost inside the Top 40, was at #40 in only its third week, but kept getting bumped out.

    …I think I just answered my own question. Arista needs to really push these guys.

    HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL, they covered Mandy Barnett’s “Now That’s All Right with Me”. Such good tastes these three girls and a guy have.

  30. Das Dukey
    August 21, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Someone asked about their live performance sound, and it is still a blend. A couple of their new singles feature that thumping drum turned up to 11 chorus while they stick to performing country classics in their live show. I concur that it’s weird to release the rock stuff although the group plays with bluegrass instrumentation live. I would go postal on the record label as they don’t even have a CD to sell at their shows.(Does pressing one up cost so much?!?!?It’s already made for goodness sakes) I like the calmer songs stray dogs/ alright with me/halfway home cafe myself too. If want to listen to rock stuff, I’ll get my Foo Fighters CD out.

  31. L R
    September 19, 2009 at 10:48 am

    This family group contains some of the most gifted musicians you will find. They could easily fill the void vacated by the Dixie Chicks +1, except for one or two glaring problems. They lack the breakout song they need to propel them. And when you hear them live, their harmonies are uneven and they tend to screech in the upper ranges. I REALLY like this band, but they need some help picking songs and polishing up their act. This surprises me, because they’re managed by Doc McGhee’s company. Come on Arista Nashville, I know you believe in them. Get together with A&R, management, and the right producer and you’ve got a winner. And other than Frank, you will not find better legs in a band, period. Sorry, but they’re beautiful and they know it. Good luck, Jypsi.

  32. Rick
    November 28, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I saw them as a lead in to Darius Rucker last night. I had neither seen nor heard anything of them before … Their first number was an instrumental and I got interested as the fiddler’s and mandolin player can play their instruments. The problem in their second and following numbers is they sang … OMG … There’s at least one gal ( The anorexic currenty short orange haired one ) there that should not be allowed to talk, let alone through a microphone … Most of them appear to be decent musicians but as a group they don’t make it. Fire Frank and the anorexic orange ( not red ) haired fiddler and hire a lead guitarist and someone who can sing and MAYBE they’ll have a sound that can be tolerated.

  33. Roy C.
    December 25, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Sorry kids, but I have to agree with some of the coments I’ve just read.Not the degrading ones by people that don’t know you. And your wardrobe and hair is your own business. However the choice of songs and too much instrumentation that is not your own is not cutting the mustard. An apple is not good untill it has mellowed. Mellow your sound. Make it pleasing to listen to.”Smell the roses”,”Its A Traveling World”,Tell Me The Name Of This Game”. You get my drift? Come on Arista let the kids be themselves.

  34. Regina George
    September 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Srsly guys? It’s obvious they did’t pick this song. It sounds nothing like any of the stuff they normally play. The same goes for alot of their album. If you know any background on them or have ever seen them live you know that they have a wide variety of influences, from rock, gospel, old country, bluegrass, folk, etc.. so much so that it hinders their talent because they cannot physically be put in a box. Music is their expression, it’s basically all they’ve ever known. If you know anything about them, you also know that they are some of, if not, the most talented people that Nashville has to offer and are currently signed under a major record label, holding some of the biggest starts in Country Music right now. That label see’s their talent but are creatively restricting them because they are trying to find a way to market this amazing talent, which in turn results in attempting to put them into such a box.. and there realy Really isn’t one for them. Their style is crazy, but at least they can rock it. They’re young and crazy. they’ve already had to sacrifice their music, why should they kill fashion too? But like i said before. It’s clear that they did not want to release this song. I Honestly think they’re going to be legends. Next time you’re in Nashville, go see them play at Layla’s on Broadway. They’re almost always there. It will vastly change any negative opinions of them. I promise.

  35. BAMBI
    September 21, 2010 at 1:09 am

    These kids are so fun at the Station Inn but that song is really bad. I remember the last time I saw them play their younger sister (not in the band) joined them and sand Route 66 and she was fabulous.

  36. Beka
    October 13, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    These negative comments are very disheartening. This group is extremely dedicated and talented; they play their instruments beautifully, sing like angels, and dress like the teenagers they are! :) Uh.. having fun? Being YOUNG? If I see one more pair of designer “dirty” jeans and a t-shirt on a woman… ugh. Barf. How original. Ooh, maybe a plaid or floral shirt. Wow. Bring it, you rebel. True stars, true rebels SET fads, & dress how they want.

    Jyspi’s biggest liability is not being the stars of a Dancing or Disney show, and actually learning to sing & play, and paying their dues busting their *sses on Broadway playing for tips 6 nights a week the last six years. I’d like to see these TV primadonnas stick around for ONE shift at Layla’s playing for tips!

    Seriously, you guys, they are good, nice people who have skillz + tax. They just need to go on Dancing with the Dorks or some shiznit like that. Because that’s all that matters in Nashville lately.

  37. Paul W Dennis
    October 14, 2010 at 6:32 am

    No Beka, Jypsi’s biggest liability is song selection, and one member who cannot sing at all. Better material and keeping the one poor vocalist confined to instrumental action would give this rather interesting group a better shot at success

  38. Stormy
    October 14, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Beka: The reason that some women wear nothing more than jeans and a t-shirt is that they don’t need clothes to attract attention.

    Also, as a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Puppets, I have to wonder when women are going to stop killing Muppetts for fashion.

  39. Jon
    October 14, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Ah, it’s all about the music. Not.

    I don’t know whether they’ll be successful or not, but they’re a good and talented bunch, and the last thing they need to do is to listen to advice from people with no demonstrable musical talent or music business sense.

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