Spin.com Band of the Day Feature
February 17, 2006


By: Katy Lindenmuth

Good post-breakup advice: "Don't get mad, get even." Better post-breakup advice: "Don't get mad, get a new band." Take a cue from Ex-Boyfriends: In a slump after respective band falling-outs and love troubles, Colin Daly and Chris Ohnesorge recruited Peter Harb and pieced together a spunky new musical project. The proud-to-be-gay trio aptly christened themselves Ex-Boyfriends, a role they'd both played and witnessed.

Signed in 2003 by Absolutely Kosher, the San Francisco-based band is set to release a debut full-length album, Dear John, on Feb. 21. With audible influences like the Cars, Weezer, the Cure, and Alkaline Trio, the tempo of the record is far from broken-hearted. This threesome is clearly on the prowl with infectious hooks and off-the-charts danceability factor. Granted, some of their tunes aren't much deeper than, say, a kiddie pool (sample lyric from "Stop, Drop 'n Rock 'n Roll": "If you can't shake that ass / You better bang your head / If you don't feel like dancing / Rock out instead"). But the band's undeniable charm overrides the occasional lyrical simplicity and, for the record, Rivers Cuomo and friends made it big with their radio-friendly color-coded albums, not the intensely personal Pinkerton.

Ex-Boyfriends are planning to tour in mid-March, heading out to SXSW in Austin and back. Finally, there's a good time for Ex-Boyfriends to be in town.

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