January 29, 2008
Other than 18 years and hundreds of Paw shows, there ain't a whole lot separating the musical persuasions of Grant Fitch and Jason Jones. The duo that now composes Lawrence's New Franklin Panthers met while working at Mass. Street Music and quickly hammered out a malleable setlist of instrumental power-rock. Channeling the bowel-shaking sonic sludge of Blue Cheer and the driving angular riffs of Mission of Burma, the Panthers collected a year's worth of material into a three-movement opus titled "Hot Dogs Are Cool." Clocking in at 50 minutes, the album collects shards of spontaneous inspiration as conceived by two hot-dogging rock musicians. In other words: Kobayashi (the Japanese competitive eater) would totally puke his guts out.