Nov 05, 2008, 04:41AM

Family Project

FOX Japan manages to be both political and recapture some of late-90s alt-rock vibe.

FOX Japan is the family project of guitarist/vocalist Charlie Wilmoth who, along with brothers Pete and Sam as well as good friend Andrew Slater, self-released their second album, Hell, on October 21. FOX Japan has all the hooks and catchy riffs of any number of popular (read: MTV and VH1 hitmakers) late-90s alt-rock bands: Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, etc. Pete is a particularly good drummer, and often out-plays the rest of the band, except when Charlie (who studies classical composition at UC San Diego) brings in some viola on songs like "Throw Me in the Fire" and "Thank You." But it's the lyrics that really make FOX Japan worth listening to; anthemic political rock and irreverent parodies of 20-something whiny emo pop, all sung in Charlie's David Byrne-like wail.



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