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The Epoxies
STOP THE FUTURE
Fat Wreck Chords

This quintet from Portland, Oregon, traffic in the same whirring keyboards and buzzing guitars that the Killers and the Bravery use to win over young women who arenít old enough to remember the Duran Duran tunes theyíre paying tribute to. (See Doris Henson, above.) But the Epoxies donít share their more popular peersí thirst for It-scene cool; like Devo, these music geeks represent for the awkward kids who get off on new waveís paranoid retro-futurism, its unselfconscious sci-fi jones, and the way the music streamlines the energy of punk rock into something more accessible. Not that this underground cred means they have anything more to sing about than Interpol. "Thereís radiation in my TV set," frontwoman Roxy Epoxy complains in "Radiation," the lead track on this their second album. "I guess I know that, but it hasnít got me yet." Still, thereís something homely and comforting about Stop the Future; itís not as thrillingly heartsick as the Killersí stuff, but it does its modest job.

The Epoxies + the Aquabats | July 2 | Axis, 13 Lansdowne Street, Boston | 617.228.6000

BY MIKAEL WOOD


Issue Date: July 1 - 7, 2005
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