Monday, May 26, 2008

Foxboro Hot Tubs

...Green Day gets tired of working on the same routine, combines forces with three other like-minded fellows, goes completely 60's, assumes the name Foxboro Hot Tubs, and releases the album Stop Drop and Roll!!!. They played it cool and booked a gig at Emo's indoor last week, one that had people waiting in line at 2 a.m. to be part of an intimate crowd of 300. At least one reviewer made it into the show and had this to say:
"A lot’s been made of the Hot Tubs’ ’60s revival sound on record, but in a live setting minus all echoes and production effects the hook-filled, upbeat songs like “Mother Mary” and “Ruby Room” sounded just like any of Green Day’s other material. The only exception to this was the haunting “Dark Side of Night,” complete with flute solos, that was a total departure in style.

In the midst of it all was a guitar-less Armstrong and company relishing the intimacy of a club their full-time band bid farewell to more than a decade ago. The close environment let Armstrong crowd surf while singing and introduce his friend One-Eyed Jack — a taxidermied alligator head on a pole — before launching into the staccato rocker “Alligator."
For anyone curious to know what this side project sounds like, here ya go.