Stop Drop And Roll review by Foxboro Hot Tubs

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  • Released: Dec 8, 2007
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 8.1 (87 votes)
Foxboro Hot Tubs: Stop Drop And Roll
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Sound — 8
This is only an EP, but the Foxboro Hot Tubs' EP sounds like a mainstream Iggy and The Stooges, which is not necessarily a positive comment. A raw yet polished guitar tone takes center stage on Stop Drop and Roll, with a couple of rock 'n' roll guitar solos to satisfy those of you who want that classy mid driven Chuck Berry sound. What this EP manages is to sound incredibly live, perhaps managed by the well-produced bass and drums, which thump away, with an extremely potent guitar tone crunching in stereo. Paramount to the rawness of this recording is the fact that the guitar is louder on the right than on the left; I don't know why, but this just gives the listener a more 'panoramic' listening experience and not a static, narrow base. The guitarist, who many believe to be Billie Joe Armstrong from that obscure band, Green Day, proves he's not unaware of how to branch out a little and play some more intriguing rhythms, incorporating staccato and aggressive barres strums. The prime example of aggression on this EP is the opening track, Stop, Drop and Roll, which is coincidentally the name of this EP. Then there is Red Tide, a track with a flexible gymnast of a rhythm, reminiscent of '60s surf and chill out songs for the summer. Overall, a great balance of songs is present here and, despite each song sounding a little similar, it is splendid to hear a side project that sounds like the band is having fun (just listen to Mother Mary's backing vocals). Despite this EP's more poppy take on the boogie on She's Not a Saint She's a Celebrity, the rock 'n' roll slides and licks are very much for those of us who like to 'Boogie to Berry'.

Lyrics — 7
Much is made of the backing vocals on this EP, and that serves the garage rock 'n' roll theme extremely well. This is of course Billie Joe Armstrong's unmistakable set of pipes, but he also gives a few Iggy Pop-esque screams on a couple of the tracks, though not with the same ferocity as the great man himself on the classic Search and Destroy. There is very little to say here except that no listener should be discouraged from overlooking this EP because of the Green Day connection. There is every chance that you'll find yourself tapping your foot to the rock 'n' roll shuffles and providing some extra screams to help Billie along.

Overall Impression — 7
This stuff gets the listener up off the sofa and doing the pelvic thrust, particularly on Highway 1. Assuming this is Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day fans should be glad to hear the front man actually sounding inspired. Moreover, he has recorded a project that sounds like it could appeal to those people who hate that main project of his. Some listeners may have wanted to hear more boogie shuffles and (even) more deranged less radio friendly vocals to match the unruly guitar tone. That is of course being pernickety and one should just sit back, or rather dance to this nostalgic effort. Despite its lack of innovation, Billie Joe's voice adds that modern appeal to what can only be related to garage rock and '60s rock 'n' roll. Further exemplifying the retro sound was the presentation of the EP on the Foxboro Hot Tubs' website which presented the EP by halving the songs into two sides: Side A and Side B, typical of vinyl releases in the '60s. Whether or not this is a hint at Green Day's next album, the listener should enjoy it for the fun rock 'n' roll it is, although some may have preferred to hear something more serious vocally. However, one could question why it's availability for free download on the Foxboro Hot Tubs' website has been replaced by a rather infuriating clock.

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    kaptink
    I only really like 1 or 2 green day songs but I enjoyed this EP. want more please.
    Slevinteen
    Donkey Fly wrote: Billie Joe Armstrong from that obscure band, Green Day, proves hes not unaware of how to branch out a little and play some more intriguing rhythms, incorporating staccato and aggressive barres strums Woowwww.....Calm down....
    That was a good thing, though.
    stumaster18
    -xCaMRocKx- wrote: how much makeup is BJ wearing in the pic? i dont mean eyeliner, i mean like foundation and.. something on his lips. weeird! all that aside the myspace songs sound pretty cool.
    actually, it's not THAT much makeup, it is mostly photoshop. In every picture he's in, they do so much work to cover up blemishes and wrinkles.
    zeppelinrox5775
    well for a green day fan that was turned away by american idiot, i think this ep is really great!
    yeahyeah
    I just listened to it and it is pretty meh as far far as garage rock revival stuff goes, regardless of who is in the band.
    oncenfutureidio
    It's wicked awesome to see Billie going back to the older Green Day sound, with a 60's twist of course. It's reassuring to know that Green Day is trying to get out of the shadow of American Idiot.
    CoBasCis
    Now, If I am not going to the wrong website, it features a clock. Is it not longer available for download? If its not do you know anywhere I could find it? Thanks
    R@fa88offspring
    The clock only apears if you haven't added them to your myspace friend list, I'm positively sure.
    rygun091
    -xCaMRocKx- wrote: how much makeup is BJ wearing in the pic? i dont mean eyeliner, i mean like foundation and.. something on his lips. weeird! all that aside the myspace songs sound pretty cool.
    all photoshop man. except the eye liner..
    Wookiedude
    In no way does it sound like Iggy and the Stooges. I doubt very much that Greenday could even come close to emulating what they did with their sound The songs seemed pretty repetitive to me. Nothing new or even done particularly well, for that matter
    xSepulturax
    This is not garage rock. The soncis and the wailers are garage rock. Listen to Jay Reatard for some modern stuff. way better than anything billie joe ever wrote.
    E_squared
    No offense to Green Day, cause they're awesome, but the Foxboro Hot Tubs is a rather stupid name....
    di4gram
    I think there will be people who will always hate Green Day no matter how good the stuff they put out is *sighs* It's a good record with a retro sound- you can tell it sounds like what they were trying to sound like. They still kept their Green Day sound which is clearly something unique seeing as how it's instantly recognizable, but they put a different twist on it. So they didn't produce it so much that they sound exactly like Iggy Pop- ****ing good, because then everyone would be bitching about how they just copied Iggy Pop's style and how Green Day never does anything original and steals riffs and is nothing but a giant corporate sellout.
    di4gram
    werty22 wrote: They sound nothing like the Stooges.
    I find the instrumentals to be rather similar- and not sounding like Iggy is probably a good thing. If you've ever heard him live, it's really nothing inspiring.
    ss311
    It's Stooges inspired, and nobody can deny that. There are some similarities to songs like Search and Destroy in terms of Billie Joe's screams and the aggressive guitar. The review didn't say it emulated the Stooges.
    Steelers192
    this was a great listen,,,but i still do not believe that this is billie joe or green day
    hairypineapple
    Im officially sick and tired of Green Day (im a fan) But this is cool! Meh, ill buy the new album
    -xCaMRocKx-
    how much makeup is BJ wearing in the pic? i dont mean eyeliner, i mean like foundation and.. something on his lips. weeird! all that aside the myspace songs sound pretty cool.
    punkpsycho
    im a green day fan and i love it =] been listening to the songs everyday since they came out, very catchy.. sorta sucks for the people who ddnt download in time, the other 3 songs are awesome.
    Kaydi
    these songs are good! they can really make old stuff into some thing that i would listen to! i love them!
    The Rock King
    how much makeup is BJ wearing in the pic? i dont mean eyeliner, i mean like foundation and.. something on his lips. weeird!
    Because that's what's important here..
    ]\/[R. EM0
    Hey, i tried to download the free songs off the website, but all it did was show a clock and it kept changing times for like 20 minutes. i dont know why, but it like wouldn't load..... So i guess i'll have to buy the EP.
    Donkey Fly
    Billie Joe Armstrong from that obscure band, Green Day, proves hes not unaware of how to branch out a little and play some more intriguing rhythms, incorporating staccato and aggressive barres strums
    Woowwww.....Calm down....
    TheIceCreamMan
    Wait, is the song title "She's A Saint, not A Celebrity" or "She's Not A Saint, She's A Celebrity"? Either way, that song title doesn't fit the genre they're trying to match and would look much more appropriate listed on an actual Green Day album.
    xxmoshoutxx
    it isn't just billie joe armstrong it is greenday they release songs withina completely different genres and under different names between albums
    burn the stars
    -xCaMRocKx- wrote: how much makeup is BJ wearing in the pic? i dont mean eyeliner, i mean like foundation and.. something on his lips. weeird! all that aside the myspace songs sound pretty cool.
    its called photoshop
    deafening
    UG photoshops the tits outta all of the pics they use, i noticed that ages ago