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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Will somebody please keep the acoustic guitar away from the punk rockers? The musical evidence displayed on Foundation's self-titled debut full-length recording is enough to start an "anti-punk rockers who buy acoustic guitars and attempt to become singer/songwriters" coalition. I'd nominate myself as president, and my first order of duty would be to rip the wooden instrument from Foundation's R. Huddleson's hands and beat him unmercifully over the head with it, in order for him to stop making the horribly laughable crap he calls music.

Apparently, good old R. (as I will now refer to him as) is the lead singer/guitarist for punk rock troubadour's Ann Beretta, who is on some big punk label like Lookout Records, or something. Having never heard these fellows, I can only assume, by listening to Foundation's album, that they incorporate some kind of harshness and "fuck you" attitude within the parameter's of their (assumed) less-than-groundbreaking form of punk rock. So, like many before him, R. decided to give his best Mike Ness impression, and record an acoustic-folk country rock album, that without surprise, falls flat on it's un-ambitious face, and sucks more than listening to Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" over and over again while chewing on razor blades and drinking lemon juice.

Remember when Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora rocked it acoustic style at the MTV Movie awards back in the 80's? Remember how ruling that was? Well, this album is the exact opposite. No studded leather jackets with little frilly things hanging off the arms. No feathered locks. Not here. Instead, we find Foundation's countrified efforts shot down in a blaze of glory. Not even the cover of Tom Waits' "Old Shoes," from the amazingly well arranged "Closing Time," can save this emo-ship from sinking.

It would be completely impossible to pick out specific songs to discuss to support the ultimate suckage of Foundation, seeing as that they all sound completely the same, with rudimentary and obvious chord progressions plucked from a Mel Bay beginners guitar song book, and vocals that are none too pleasant on the ears. The lyrical theme of most of the songs seem to lean toward the "I'm the down and out punk rocker that nobody likes" type territory that gets old very quickly. Maybe if R. put down the acoustic guitar and went back to snarling with Ann Beretta he'd feel better about himself. He might not get as many chicks though.

Foundation is basically another dude from a loud punk rock type band that decides to give the sensitive folk rock thing a shot. Just like the embarrassing New Amsterdam's and Dashboard Confessional have shown us all, punk rockers and acoustic guitars should rarely mix. It's like Pepsi and Pop-Rocks, or something.

Hey, R., Buffalo Tom called, and they want their songs back.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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