NYC's Houseboat have gone and put out a concept 10"! Despite echoing Green Day in title and concept (and Robert Crumb in the artwork) this 9:58 epic reminds me of the promise of the Grath Madden's early work in The Steinways and Short Attention. Love Houseboat (who also feature Zack, Ace, Mike!) as I do, the band's move towards slightly more conventional song-writing has given short-shrift to Grath's brilliant use of the sub-thirty second song. Well that skill is in full-effect here on this 'piece', which veers from pretty to harsh but remains consistently catchy, witty and self-loathing ("You may think I'm an asshole but that's only some of the time").
Let us know what you think of this new Houseboat!