Epoxies

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This article is about the band named the Epoxies. For the adhesive, see Epoxy.
Epoxies
The Epoxies.jpg
The Epoxies playing in Münster, Germany on 10 March 2007. FM Static in the foreground.
Background information
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres New wave, synthpunk
Years active 2000–2007
Labels Metropolis, Fat Wreck Chords, Dirtnap
Associated acts Roxy Epoxy & The Rebound
Cecilia & The Sauerkrauts
The Bourbonettes
The Phenomenauts
Members Fritz M. Static
Viz Spectrum
Roxy Epoxy
Shock Diode
Ray Cathode
Past members Kid Polymer
R/X Grip (or Dr. Grip)

The Epoxies were an American new wave band from Portland, Oregon, formed in 2000. Heavily influenced by new wave, the band jokingly described themselves as robot garage rock. Members included FM Static on synthesizers, guitarist Viz Spectrum, lead singer Roxy Epoxy, bass guitarist Shock Diode, and drummer Ray Cathode. They grew in popularity due in large part to extensive touring in both the United States and Europe where they showcased frantically paced, highly energetic on-stage productions. They were known for using special effects for their live act and sporting home-made costumes, sometimes made mostly of duct tape.

The group's music is a novel synthesis of punk rock and new wave but their lyrics are strictly focused on science fiction themes, Atomic Age futurism, alienation and consumerism. Robots, androids, clones and nuclear weapons all figure prominently in the Epoxies' lyrics.

History[edit]

Inception (2000-2002)[edit]

Members of the Epoxies had been involved with punk bands in the Portland area since the mid-1990s. Most notably, FM played with and Roxy photographed many album covers for The Automatics.[1] FM and Viz conceived of a band wearing spray-painted refrigerator boxes and dryer hose as home-made robot costumes. This soon gave way to less restrictive (but generally just as low budget) costumes as the impracticality of wearing a box and playing a guitar became apparent. Kid Polymer soon took up the bass guitar when FM and Viz finally decided to go ahead with the idea. Dr. Grip and Roxy were the last to join the band in 2000, completing their first line-up. Surprisingly, this was the first time Roxy had considered being in a band. They were first known as the Adhesives before discovering that another group with that name existed nearby.[1]

In September 2001, the Epoxies released their first recording on Dirtnap Records, based in Seattle at the time. The self-titled 7" vinyl contained the tracks "Need More Time", "Molded Plastic" and a cover version of "Beat My Guest" by Adam and the Ants. This was the start of a longstanding association with the Pacific Northwest label and several other bands on it at the time such as The Briefs and The Spits.

Increasing popularity (2002-2006)[edit]

The first recording formed the basis for a full length album that followed in March 2002 with extensive West Coast tours to support it. Between the release of their first album and August that year Kid Polymer left the band and was replaced on bass guitar by Shock Diode, who has the fictional persona of a clone.[2][3]

The band released a 7" single, "Synthesised", in October 2003, with a B-side cover version of Alice Cooper's "Clones (We're All)". Before their first US tour at the end of the year, the Epoxies also began making a CD EP to sell at shows that collected their previous 7" releases. Soon after the tour Dr. Grip decided to leave the band and was replaced by Ray Cathode, who claims to be a clone much like Shock Diode.

The Epoxies continued to tour the United States in 2003 and 2004 often opening for the Groovie Ghoulies. The group also toured Europe for the first time in 2004 with NOFX. "Need More Time" was released again the following year on Fat Wreck Chords' Rock Against Bush compilation.

This inclusion led the Epoxies to sign with Fat Wreck Chords for their second album, Stop the Future, released in April 2005, which included a cover version of the Scorpions' "Robot Man". It showcased more of the short, fast songs that fans had come to expect while also showing a more down-tempo and melodic style with the ending track "Toys" (their first song to last longer than 4:30).

They spent most of 2005 and 2006 touring with similarly pseudonymed bands The Aquabats and The Phenomenauts; Fat Wreck Chords label-mates Smoke or Fire, The Soviettes and Against Me!, and fellow pop-punkers Teenage Bottlerocket.

During this tour, the band re-recorded the single "Synthesised" in the fictional Simlish language for the release of The Sims 2: Open for Business computer game in 2006.[4]

Break up and later work[edit]

The Epoxies signed with Metropolis Records in June 2007 and released an EP in August entitled My New World.[5] Posts to the Metropolis website indicate that they planned an album to follow later in the year.[6] However, in a MySpace blog interview on 17 March 2008, Roxy confirmed rumors that the Epoxies were probably broken up, or at least on an extended hiatus.[7]

Lead vocalist Roxy Epoxy began hosting a radio show broadcast on Portland State University's campus radio station in April 2007,[8] and currently[when?] fronts the new wave/pop rock band Roxy Epoxy and the Rebound. They released their first CD, Band Aids on Bullet Holes, in March 2009 on Metropolis Records, and underwent a national tour supporting TheStart the same month. As a solo artist, Roxy Epoxy released in 2010 a 5-tracks EP called 1000 with the avant-garde French records label Rotorelief. FM Static went on to briefly tour as a guitarist (under the name "Fritz M. Static") for the Oakland-based "Rocket Roll" band The Phenomenauts.

Ryan (Shock Diode) has since moved to France and appeared on Cecilia and the Sauerkrauts' full length album Sauerkraut, Wurst Und Other Delights. Meanwhile, Tim (Ray Cathode) has helped to form a new band in Portland called The Bourbonettes who appeared on Shower Time! A Tribute to The Punk Group.

On 29 May 2010, the Epoxies reunited for a one-off performance at a local benefit show in Portland. Perhaps confirming the group's permanent dissolution, FM Static announced to the audience before the show began to "go nuts now cause [a reunion] ain’t gonna fucking happen again!".[9]

Musical style[edit]

The Epoxies started as a reaction to popular rock music at the time. The original members felt that the entertainment and stage performance aspects of popular music were being ignored and it is this sentiment that results in their characteristic energetic shows and flamboyant homemade costumes.[10]

As part of rebelling against established musical conventions, the band chose to include a synthesizer; they "had the intent of offending people with it because it's such an uncool instrument." However, with the rise of synthesizers in popular music since, the Epoxies are often compared to acts such as The Bravery and The Killers, leading the band to wonder if they are not accomplishing their objectives by being "overly cool" instead.[11] One of the synthsizers FM often used was a monophonic Roland SH-101 keytar.[10]

Viz used a futuristic looking Epiphone Explorer that had been repainted and modified to contain a laser and a bank of LEDs.[12]

Discography as Epoxies[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 2002 Epoxies
  • 2005 Stop the Future

EPs[edit]

  • 2001 Epoxies
  • 2007 My New World

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album/EP
2005 "Synthesized" Stop the Future

Music videos[edit]

  • "Stop Looking At Me" (2002)
  • "Need More Time" (2002)
  • "Molded Plastic" (2002)
  • "You" (2002)
  • "Synthesized" (2005)

Discography as Roxy Epoxy/Roxy Epoxy and the Rebound[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EP[edit]

  • 1000 (EP) (2010) - Rotorelief
    1. 1000
    2. Dark Dance
    3. Move Your Lips
    4. What's There Left
    5. Bad Stars

External links[edit]

The Epoxies

Roxy Epoxy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pants, Megan, Razorcake (10) http://web.archive.org/web/20040821003204/http://theepoxies.com/review2.htm |archiveurl= missing title (help), archived from the original on 21 August 2004, retrieved 24 June 2007 
  2. ^ Tudor, Silke (11 September 2002), House of Tudor, SF Weekly, retrieved 25 June 2007 
  3. ^ Edelman, Jesse (August 2002), Maximum RocknRoll http://www.operationphoenixrecords.com/epoxiesmrr1.html |url= missing title (help), retrieved 19 July 2007 
  4. ^ "EA and Depeche Mode Collaborate on Signature Song for The Sims 2 Open for Business" (Press release). Electronic Arts. 2 March 2006. Retrieved 24 June 2007. 
  5. ^ allison_le_gnome (12 June 2007). "Epoxies sign to Metropolis Records". Punknews.org. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  6. ^ , 2007 http://www.metropolis-records.com/artists/?artist=epoxies, retrieved 21 September 2007  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ , 2008 http://www.punknews.org/article/28419, retrieved 7 April 2008  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Roxy Epoxy to host Portland radio show". Punknews.org. 6 April 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  9. ^ Epoxies Reunion Show review
  10. ^ a b Gen X (May 2005), American Music Press http://web.archive.org/web/20080131180919/http://d1489577.u45.websitesource.net/interview_epoxies_33.html |archiveurl= missing title (help), archived from the original on 31 January 2008, retrieved 24 June 2007 
  11. ^ Schild, Matt (11 July 2005), Stuck in the Future, retrieved 24 June 2007 
  12. ^ Drat (8 March 2007). "Viz' Equipment". The Epoxies official messageboard. Retrieved 13 February 2008.