The members of Savory James really want you to know that they’re nice guys. Excruciatingly nice. “Based on the tumultuous psyche of a world too rotten for the ‘nice guys,’ Savory James invites the listener into the continuously coping and molting mind of someone trying to escape the world that doesn’t care that he cares too much,” states the bio on the band’s MySpace page. On the same Web page, Billy Jack Mast (whoever that is) sums the band’s music up a little more clearly: “Elvis Costello and the Attractions without the keys.” That may set the Baltimore trio squarely within the middle of the already crowded pack of overly earnest pop rockers—but at least it’s better than finishing last. Savory James performs with King Bella and the Matrimonials at the Red and the Black, 1212 H St. NE. $8. (202) 399-3201.