Appetite for Distraction, artist spotlight, Hoot Hoots, Stephen —
Like a hyperactive child with a knack for writing unusually catchy pop songs, The Hoot Hoots second release Appetite for Distraction bounces from the walls of your speakers with goofy, rambunctious glee. Songs about ghosts, nightmares and robots sung with the wide-eyed goofiness of childhood. While this record would be cheerfully at home next to a Caspar Babypants album, The Hoot Hoots deliver their blend of silly rock and roll with a tongue in the cheek, an elbow to the ribs and incredibly clever musicianship. Choruses rife with ridiculous gang vocals, syncopated electric guitar strums, warbly synth melodies and wordless refrains make Appetite for Distraction about as entertaining as getting your brother's kid all hopped up on sugar and caffeine, playing with them for an afternoon and then handing them back to their parents after they are completely wound up and you've had your fill. In other words, totally entertaining. Brothers Adam and Chris Prairie are the singing, songwriting and drumming core of the Seattle's most entertainingly immature pop groups. Check out "Nightmares" and the brain-eating dinosaur.