Tuesday, December 11, 2007

getting lost in the shadows

Susan Elgin is a lying liar full of deceit. She has never listened to Neutral Milk Hotel, damn it.

With that out of the way, allow me to talk about Foxboro Hot Tubs. They've been cool enough to put up a whole 6-song EP for free (legal!) download right here. Check it out.

Now let me tell you who they are:

That's The Network, a futuristic synth-rock group with song titles like "Supermodel Robots" and "Spastic Society." What do they have to do with FHT, a band with its sound and aesthetic clearly rooted in the 1960's?


That's right. Both bands come from the pop-punk juggernaut of Green Day. Like Billie Joe Armstrong could keep that voice hidden for long.

The Network was formed in the gap between 2000's Warning and 2004's American Idiot as a way to keep the band creatively energized without completely burning out on their typical fare. It looks like Foxboro Hot Tubs is doing the same thing, while managing to tide over us desperate GD fans during the interminable wait for whatever Billie Joe, Mike and Tré have coming next.

More along the lines of the underrated Warning, FHT speaks to Green Day's 60s influences, most notably bands like The Kinks. Check it out.


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