The Strange Boys and Girls Club Import
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One of the hottest debuts in many years, In The Red does it again, Nuggets flauntin Texan punksters the Strange Boys release their first full length. The Strange Boys evoke a wild-eyed, porcelain skinned innocence that is capable of summoning the wayward spirit of Brian Jones. The mystery of the South couples with the mastery of rhythm to create a sound completely timeless and familiar, yet absolutely raw and avant-garde.
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Amazon seems to have some databases crossed, as I bought the Island set some years ago, and The Strange Boys have just appeared on my AutoRip CD list in the cloud.
Austin's The Strange Boys take the same influences as do Black Lips, but whereas their simple rhythm and blues is not afraid to rock, The Strange Boys seem more happily mired in diaphanous ethereality to care (in a good way). Ryan Sambol's sometimes-otherworldly and nasal vocal matches their relaxed garage-rock bounce round for round.
The psychedelic 60s of The Doors' "LA Woman" is brought to mind on early highlight "They're Building The Death Camps" before the boys later coerce her with sunny drugs as the track begins to space out. The horizontal rhythms of "Poem Party" jangle around a surf-rock riff, whereas "To Turn A Tune Or Two" and "Should Have Shot Paul" slide effortlessly towards the blues.
Just as Black Lips remain a loveably lo-fi proposition, so hopefully will The Strange Boys stay. Their catchy refrains and shambling rock `n' roll are as admirable as their seeming approach to equality and inclusion. Recommended.
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Garage rock is what a major internet music service that starts with a P called it. Garage rock? Really? Is that what the Who or the Kinks or the Stones of 1965 were? Boy, you sure could have fooled me. What those bands of that era represented--and what these Strange Boys represent--is pure, unadulterated, blasting, FUN rock and roll. Garage rock indeed. No, there is no Satisfaction or You Really Got Me here, but there are about a dozen songs on this album that could easily have fit on any first-rate British Invasion album of the mid-sixties. And I mean, yes, at least a dozen.
These guys are two guitars, a bass, drums, an occasional harmonica, and a sneering, snarling little malcontent of a singer who comes across amused as much as he is angry. Most of the time he just seems to be perplexed, but who cares? You think people listen to rock and roll because they want social change? Go listen to the Eagles, you little rodent.
Yeah, rock and roll is dead and popular music is godawful but every once in a while a band like this pops up that shows it understands what slashing, blues-based rock is supposed to be, and I for one like it. A lot.
You will love this record. Everyone who hears it does, I am really surprised it has not garnered this very talented band more attention.