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Foxboro Hot Tubs “Stop Drop and Roll!!!”

May 24, 2008

I finally have a copy of the entire album and I love it. The music bursts out of the speakers and grabs my attention immediately. Too often I have to slog through the introduction to a song, waiting for the interesting part to come. Not so with the Foxboro Hot Tubs. They just explode, like the Ramones without Dee Dee’s trademark “1, 2, 3, 4!” “Mother Mary” has a gorgeous melody that fits Billie Joe’s voice perfectly. The lyrics are sweet, telling the story of a guy who wants to escape with his girlfriend and have fun. If I were the subject of this song, I’d be hunting for my shoes already.

Another thing that stands out throughout the album is the spirit of carefree spontaneity. It’s the sound of Green Day (with a couple of their touring musicians) making music for the sheer enjoyment of it. They don’t care if it’s punk or not, or whether it lives up to the expectations formed in the wake of American Idiot. They’re just jamming. That they can do so is refreshing and encouraging. Most bands are too afraid of backlash to stray from a certain formula or style. They might try something new once, but if that album sells badly they will revert to their old ways. This record, even though it wasn’t officially released by Green Day, proves that they have no inhibitions when it comes to experimenting with their music. (Not that they ever did, given Warning and the still “secret” side project The Network).

More importantly, it seems the guys have gotten out of their creative bind. The last few interviews Billie Joe has done suggested he and Mike and Tre weren’t sure what they were going to do next. This is likely another reason Stop Drop and Roll!!! is such an engaging listen. It’s a creative outlet full of restless energy, and it’s infectious. It’s the kind of music that makes me want to jump around and go crazy. It’s hard to explain in words. Just listen!

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