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A little something on the side… (pt. 2)

2008-07-17 11:02
Lesson 1: Give yourself a kick up the arse

This has proved to be particularly fruitful for certain mega-bands in recent years. Who really wants to hear the same “epic” sappy ballads churned out by the Snow Patrols and Keanes of this world?

For Green Day, regrouping as Foxboro Hot Tubs late last year allowed them to record with the kind of spontaneity and freedom that marked the early part of their career. The band may have felt burdened by the weight of expectation after their last album as Green Day, the Bush-baiting American Idiot, sold over five million copies worldwide and gave the band the type of critical acclaim that eludes most pop-punk bands.

Their plan with Foxboro Hot Tubs was to launch the project secretly, with hardly any fanfare – thereby hoping the music would be accepted based on its merits, and not the history that preceded it. Their debut album turns to be an inspire collection of snappy, thrilling pop vignettes that incorporate their inherent punk bluster with the easy swagger that comes with trial and experience.

There remains very little promotional material to be found on the Hot Tubs, perhaps to broaden the mystique of the band. This way, though, they cannot expect to sell nearly as many records as the Green Day MTV icons have. But, really, who would care about a money-making pet project when your previous job has already ensured you will never have to work another day again?

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Side. Pet. Vanity. Add the word ‘project’ to each of these and you have the hottest trend in music today.

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