The group's music is a novel synthesis of punk rock and New Wave but their lyrics are strictly focused on sci-fi themes, Atomic Age futurism, alienation, and consumerism. Robots, androids, clones, and nuclear weapons all figure prominently in the Epoxies lyrics.
In September 2001 the Epoxies released their first recording on Dirtnap Records, based in Seattle at the time. The self titled 7" vinyl contained the tracks "Need More Time", "Molded Plastic" and a cover of "Beat My Guest" by Adam & the Ants. This would be the start of a longstanding association with the Pacific Northwest label and several other bands on it at the time such as The Briefs and The Spits.
2002 also saw the release of a 7" single, "Synthesised", in October with a B-side cover of Alice Cooper's "Clones (We're All)". Before their first US tour at the end of the year, the Epoxies also began making a CD EP to sell at shows that collected their previous 7" releases. Soon after the tour Dr. Grip decided to leave the band and was replaced by Ray Cathode, who claims to be a clone much like Shock Diode.
The Epoxies continued to tour the United States throughout 2003 and 2004 often opening for the Groovie Ghoulies. The group also toured Europe for the first time in 2004 with NOFX. "Need More Time" was released again the following year on Fat Wreck Chords' Rock Against Bush compilation.
This inclusion led the Epoxies to sign with Fat Wreck Chords for their second album, Stop the Future, released in April 2005, featuring a cover of the Scorpions' "Robot Man". It showcased more of the short, fast songs that fans had come to expect while also showing a more down-tempo and melodic style with the ending track "Toys" (their first song to clock longer than 4:30).
They spent most of 2005 and 2006 touring with similarly pseudonymed bands The Aquabats and The Phenomenauts; Fat Wreck Chords label-mates Smoke or Fire, The Soviettes, and Against Me!; and fellow pop-punkers Teenage Bottlerocket.
The Epoxies signed with Metropolis Records in June 2007 and released an EP in August entitled My New World. Posts to Metropolis' website indicate that they planned an album to follow later in the year. However, in a MySpace blog interview on March 17 2008, Roxy confirmed rumors that the Epoxies were probably broken up, or at least on an extended hiatus.
As part of rebelling against established musical conventions the band chose to include a synthesizer; they "had the intent of offending people with it because it's such an uncool instrument." However with the rise of synthesizers in popular music since the Epoxies are often compared to acts such as The Bravery and The Killers, leading the band to wonder if they aren't accomplishing their objectives by being "overly cool" instead. One of the synthsizers FM often uses is a monophonic Roland SH-101 keytar.
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