Fountains of Wayne @ Largo at the Coronet, 1/21
Photo by Kazumichi Kokei
The east coast band performed their brand of clever pop at Largo at the Coronet last Wednesday to an enthusiastic crowd. The beauty of Fountains of Wayne lies not in their hooks, although they're very catchy, but in their attention to detail. If the Devil is in the details, Fountains of Wayne must hang out with him all the time.
Their lyrics are alive with seemingly mundane activities of every day life that tickles you with it's imagery and makes you giggle. For example in Hey Julie the hero works for a manager "With a clip-on tie and a rub-on tan." You know exactly what sort of guy their talking about. You've met him. You may even work for him. Or in their new song A Summer Place the heroine is afraid of her cuisinart. Or in Red Dragon Tattoo the hero gets a tattoo at Coney Island so that the woman of his dreams can "Stop pretending I've never been born/Now I look a little more like that guy from Korn." You can easily imagine what sort of women dreams of being with a member of Korn.
Fountains of Wayne themselves are almost entirely without rock star flair. There was no leather, no studs, no black makeup. They looked like a bunch of guys who were playing for fun on the weekends, not members of a rock band that has been around for a decade. Only the lead guitarist looked remotely rockish with his tight jeans and floppy hat. "We used to rock, but now we're too old," admitted lead singer Colin Collingwood. Which is utter crap. Great songwriting and infectious pop never goes out of style.