“I don’t think we’re going to threaten the Jonas Brothers,” says James Iha of Tinted Windows‘ self-titled debut, recently released on S-Curve Records. But the power pop generated by the multigenerational band—which also includes Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne), Taylor Hanson (Hanson) and Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick)—is a teenage dream of catchy choruses and withering walls of guitars befitting the former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist. Iha is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all this week; read our Q&A with him to get a glimpse into the formation of Tinted Windows.
Iha: A classic story about ambitious young artists told in a style that borrows from the French new-wave movement of the ’60s. Reprise starts with two competitive friends, writers, sending off their unsolicited manuscripts to be published. One becomes famous, the other doesn’t. It’s a story about what’s like to be young and alive that is both funny and serious (in a good way). Watch the trailer here.