Vocally, Popsy is led by Robbie Wagnone, who raps about his world of malls, beer, drugs and bleached blonds who like to ride high in the front seat of a four-by-four. Musically, Popsy's energy hinges on the primordial groove of bassist Scott Rees and drummer Scott Cross, like any good rap-metal hybrid. The fusion of words and sounds still gives them a little trouble; Popsy will get better when it takes on more complex issues and realizes that its chunky riffs are meant to give the lyrics a sturdy platform rather than bury them.
Still, the band hits the hick-hop bull's-eye once on its self-titled debut CD with a spoof (and it damn well better be a joke) on an East Texas staple. "Magic Four-Wheel Drive" -- complete with Steppenwolf's riff from "Magic Carpet Ride" and off-key backing vocals -- skewers mullet-headed, NASCAR-loving drivers who, for nothing more than a free Busch tall boy, will recite all Jim Carrey's lines from Dumb & Dumber.