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EDITORS’ NOTES

With four years passed since Green Day’s American Idiot, fans were ready and waiting for the band’s next album; instead, they got another side project, this one dubbed Foxboro Hot Tubs. The trio is joined here by touring pals Jason White and Jason Freese (guitar and keyboards), with Kevin Preston on rhythm guitar. They’ve colored their simple, punky sound with various shades of cool ‘60s mod, pop, and garage stylings, with great reward. The title track, “Stop, Drop and Roll” is an awesome display of Hives-style garage power-rock with clanging guitars and explosive drumming, while “Red Tide” is a colorful throwback to the psych-pop bands of the ‘60s, done in the style of ‘80s revival groups like the Rain Parade and Dream Syndicate. The wonderfully raucous “Highway 1” sounds like something from the first Hi-Fives album (a great Bay Area garage band), a full on, adrenaline pumping rave-up. Curiously, the first and second singles, “Mother Mary” and “Pedestrian” feature Billie Joe Armstrong on vocals, and sound distressingly like Green Day songs. That complaint aside, there is plenty to have fun with here, and the band’s playfulness says a lot about their admirable passion for music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With four years passed since Green Day’s American Idiot, fans were ready and waiting for the band’s next album; instead, they got another side project, this one dubbed Foxboro Hot Tubs. The trio is joined here by touring pals Jason White and Jason Freese (guitar and keyboards), with Kevin Preston on rhythm guitar. They’ve colored their simple, punky sound with various shades of cool ‘60s mod, pop, and garage stylings, with great reward. The title track, “Stop, Drop and Roll” is an awesome display of Hives-style garage power-rock with clanging guitars and explosive drumming, while “Red Tide” is a colorful throwback to the psych-pop bands of the ‘60s, done in the style of ‘80s revival groups like the Rain Parade and Dream Syndicate. The wonderfully raucous “Highway 1” sounds like something from the first Hi-Fives album (a great Bay Area garage band), a full on, adrenaline pumping rave-up. Curiously, the first and second singles, “Mother Mary” and “Pedestrian” feature Billie Joe Armstrong on vocals, and sound distressingly like Green Day songs. That complaint aside, there is plenty to have fun with here, and the band’s playfulness says a lot about their admirable passion for music.

TITLE TIME
2:23
2:46
2:01
2:58
3:30
2:26
3:02
2:25
2:15
2:49
2:56
3:04

About Foxboro Hottubs

The Foxboro Hot Tubs made their inconspicuous debut in December 2007, when three songs were posted on the band's website. While the Hot Tubs' identity was kept secret, several influential bloggers and news outlets claimed the group was actually a side project for all three members of Green Day, who had recently retreated from the public eye to work on their American Idiot follow-up. Such rumors had yet to be confirmed when a track from the band's Stop Drop and Roll EP, "Mother Mary," entered the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks charts and climbed to number 16. Whoever the Foxboro Hot Tubs were, their tuneful take on garage rock (equally indebted to the Stooges, the Hives, and Tommy James) proved to be quite popular, and fans awaited the release of the group's full-length debut. Stop Drop and Roll!!! was made available in MP3 format in April 2008, with a proper release following in May. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    California
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2007

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