Led by vocalist J.R. Richards, Dishwalla emerged from Santa Barbara, California, as one of the premiere alternative bands of the '90s, touring extensively with The Goo Goo Doll and Sheryl Crow. They experienced fame and extensive media attention right off the bat with their hit single, "Counting Blue Cars," which featured the iconic refrain: "Tell me all your thoughts on God, 'cause I'd really like to meet Him." The success of that single ensured healthy sales of their 1996 debut album, Pet Your Friends, and would garner enough spotlight for the band to ensure they'd have an audience for years to come. Their second album, And You Think You Know What Life's About, didn't do as well as its predecessor, and the band experienced some trouble with its label, eventually shuffling over to Immergent. They released the little-noticed Opaline in 2003 and a self-titled fourth album in 2005, which put them back in the spotlight again, albeit somewhat briefly.
The Dishwalla experience is a lot more than just "Counting Blue Cars," although the success of that song has been a legacy that's haunted the band somewhat. How to live up to the hype when you hit your popular peak right out of the gate? Still, the band has remained highly consistent in its quality, and its lack of huge radio hits is more a reflection on the changing tastes of the US than any fault of the band itself. Look no further than the sweeping vocals on the 2005 track, "Collide" and the engaging riffs that fly all around "Coral Sky" to see the band has still absolutely got it together, even more so than they did back when they debuted.