Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
Wayne Down Drain
Published: Apr 26th, 2007
Author: Dan Aquilante
Source: New York Post
FOR a band, great expectations can be as devastating as a bad note.
The Fountains of Wayne - music's premier alt-pop band - found this out Tuesday at Webster Hall, when they were unable to muster their recorded magic during what could only be described as a lackluster, punch-the-clock gig.
They were drowsily entertaining during a 100-minute, spiritless performance where they worked a career-spanning set with little musical joy.
On a few of the songs from "Traffic and Weather" (their just-released CD), singer Chris Collingwood's pipes seemed to be rusted. The grace notes and accents that pepper his quirky yet appealing vocal style on record were MIA, and the band seemed to trade its signature exuberance for an undercurrent of melancholy.
In a way, that actually worked on the band's current single, "Someone to Love," whose bright melody belies the lyrics' notions of unfulfilled dreams and missed chances.
When they immersed themselves in white-boy funk like on the new "Strapped for Cash," which was powered by Adam Schlesinger's bass thumps and a three-piece horn section, they were also very good.
Unfortunately, there was too much mush between those choice tunes.
Lead guitarist Jody Porter vented his frustration at what became an anti-rock show when he returned to the stage for the band's final encore. Holding his pretty, expensive black Gibson Les Paul by the neck, as if it were an axe, he took a chop at the stage floor.
His heart must not have been in it because he was still able to play after walloping the stage. The only acknowledgement of the incident was by Collingwood, who asked Porter: "Are we The Who now?"