WTF: Tinted Windows

My favorite band just formed. No, I’m not talking about Blink 182’s reunion, and no, Radiohead and Animal Collective did not join forces. A few interesting musicians, however, are getting together to create a new “super-group.” Who might you ask? None other than Hanson’s Taylor Hanson (you know, the talented Hanson), The Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos. Sound like a diverse enough group of guys to you?

I had no idea what this would sound like, and a name like Tinted Windows lends little to the Imagination. Fortunately, Stereogum has provided this little offering. Feast your eyes on Tinted Windows:

If that monotonous introduction didn’t excite you, then that cheesy pop must have. It’s certainly no “Mmmbop”, that’s for sure. Taylor Hanson simply looks like a Jonas Brother (but then again, maybe the Jonas Brothers copped his style), but at least he can sing. Simply put, Tinted Windows sound like a throwback to a sound that never really caught on to anyone above the age of 13. This is powerpop without the power and too much boybandness to be taken seriously thus far. I’d like to think that somehow this could transform itself into a pleasant surprise, but really after about a 15 second long preview, I’ll have to pass.

If you care to know, Tinted Windows is out April 21st via S-Curve, but before then the band will make their live debut at SXSW’s billboard showcase on March 20th at Austin’s Pangea. Can’t Hardly Wait!

To jog your memory, a relic from the good old days:

To quote Rivers Cuomo, “I want to go back, I want to go back.”


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