Box Car Racer. The one album side project. The band that eventually became Angels & Airwaves. The one year group that eventually snowballed into the break-up of Blink-182.
I used to really dislike these guys and their music, for the above reasons and more. I also have a massive disdain for most "post-hardcore" music and Tom's "emo" sound, so by all accounts I shouldn't like this band. But then there was a time this past year when I gave it a listen and the music just hit me. As it turns out, I found that I really enjoyed it. I love this record now. Funny how that happens.
What initially attracted me to Box Car Racer was the balance between acoustic and heavy guitar sounds, especially on songs like "I Feel So," "There Is," and "Letters To God." Very different from Blink (at that point in time). But what I really enjoy from this album are Tom's lyrics. He manages to do meaningful and honest on this record, and I imagine this was refreshing to most Blink fans back when the album came out, especially since it followed the juvenile lyricism on Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. What's also great about this album's lyrics is their unification under the theme of "personal experience under a greater social context." To me, it's a great concept to build a record around. In that sense, this is definitely Tom's American Idiot.
I'm also a huge, HUGE fan of Travis' drumming on this record. He's subtle but technical; he plays tight rhythms but he still grooves and lays down awesome beats and drum lines. It's fucking fantastic to me, especially considering that most bands that make this type of music don't always have very talented drummers.
My absolute favorites from Box Car Racer:
Some of my other favorites:
So, where my Box Car fans at?