Saturday, June 16, 2012

Houseboat: 21st Century Breakroom (2012)

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!


  1. I love the "Processing Complaints" 7-inch but so far that's the only House Boat record that I've really been able to get into.

    Although... I haven't listened to this one all the way through yet, I'm too easily distracted I guess.

    Pretty much every Steinways record is great.

  2. I think this is the best thing Grath has done since the Steinways.

  3. OH GOD! thats the longest Houseboat I've ever heard. that said its still a pretty good song and it's produced by The Pete.

    1. Who'd have guessed going long would go so well for them.


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