Sometimes, all it takes to be weird is a lineup. Take Tinted Windows, a band whose music is actually kinda generic and boring, but the combination of dudes involved…wow! When I first heard about them, I thought it was some kinda April Fools Day joke.
Going left to right in that band photo, we have Bun E. Carlos from Cheap Trick, James Iha from Smashing pumpkins, Taylor Hanson (!!!!) from uh, Hanson, and Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne. Seriously, you coudln’t make this shit up if you tried.
Like I said, Tinted Windows’ actual music isn’t really all that weird. They basically sound like Fountains of Wayne with less nasally lead vocals (hey, that Hanson kid’s not bad) and that trademark grindy guitar sound from Iha. Power pop is what the kids are calling it, I hear. Very 70’s-ish to my ear…having Cheap Trick’s drummer in the lineup is sort of like having a human cover tune. And on drums…our influences! Give ’em a big hand!