Foxboro Hot Tubs is a garage rock side project of Green Day, formed in 2007. The band includes all members of Green Day, and features Kevin Preston of Prima Donna Their first album Stop Drop and Roll!!! was released on April 22, 2008. The band is currently the one Green Day uses to book secret shows. Billie Joe Armstrong and Jason White go by the names Reverend Strychnine Twitch and Frosco Lee respectively.
The band was brought to the attention of Green Day fans through messages sent to a select few members of the Idiot Club (Green Day’s fan club) in December 2007, with three songs on their website. They formed with the idea that they “love to play music and be spontaneous, and after a few late night jams and a few too many bottles of wine, we were inspired to record some rockin’ eight-track recordings”. While the band’s history is, as yet, unknown, they comprise the official and backing members of Green Day (with the exception of Preston), who are performing “garage” music under a nom de plume. Fans of Green Day have noted, on the band’s MySpace site, many musical similarities between the band and Green Day. Among the common traits listed are Billie Joe Armstrong’s “unmistakable” vocals and guitar playing (despite the fact that Armstrong doesn’t play guitar in the Foxboro Hot Tubs), and a rhythm section which recalls the sound of Green Day’s own Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool.
As speculation started to peak, Green Day confirmed that they were the Foxboro Hot Tubs, with Billie Joe Armstrong stating, “The only similarity between Foxboro Hot Tubs and Green Day is that we are the same band”. He also went on to explain where the name “Foxboro Hot Tubs” came from, “The Foxboro Hot Tubs were a place we used to sneak booze and chicks into late at night. But most of the time it was just ‘dude soup’.” Foxboro is a housing development located in Hercules, California.
On December 8, 2007, Green Day site released six tracks, in streaming and downloadable mp3 formats, free of charge to the listener. Five days later, on December 13, the MP3s were taken off the site, which then displayed just a clock. The MP3s were reinstated on December 16, but were again removed and replaced with the clock; later the website was changed to simply redirect to the band’s MySpace. All the tracks (apart from Highway 1) were included on the band’s debut album Stop Drop and Roll!!!, with the samples at the beginning removed. Soon after, the song “Mother Mary” became a hit on alternative rock radio, hitting No. 16 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. “The Pedestrian” was released as the second single off the album.
The band made their television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly, with a week dedicated to Green Day, with them performing at the end of every show on the week beginning June 15, 2009, and Green Day played on June 19, 2009. During this performance they played “Stop Drop and Roll” and “Mother Mary”, bridging the two songs together.