9 p.m. Saturday
Blue Note Lounge
2408 N. Robinson Ave.
The guys of Oklahoma City’s Code 22 seem like a likable group of fellas. Their latest release, Going Soft: The Acoustic Album!, is likable enough as well — so likable that on first listen, I took its clean, acoustic sound and clear, unstressed vocals as an alternative praise-and-worship band.
With the lyrics “I get to fight the girl of my dreams and her name’s Chun Li,” the aforementioned “Nerdgasm” is one of the few songs that isn’t a Weezer-like pop ditty about love, whether unrequited, rejected or long-lost.
In “Pining Over You,” the guys are “brokenhearted ever since we parted,” while in “Too Late,” they’re waiting for a girl to get over a guy she just can’t get over.
Even likable guys have their limits, as the final track, “I Don’t Really Miss You,” gets assertive, or at least admirably tries. But they can’t stay mad at you, girl. Then they wouldn’t be likable anymore. —Louis Fowler