The Strange Boys: another rollicking 60’s influenced garage band obsessed with nuggets? Well, yes, they were, as their debut album proved in ’09. But these Texan’s have taken a much more roots-laden approach on their follow up; a slow and at times somewhat tender take on blues, rock’n’roll and R’n’B. You’re no doubt expecting the vivacious and at times vicious approach of bands like the Black Lips once again but The Strange Boys, these days, evoke sounds of classic 60’s pop records, moments of Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers and even elements of the White Stripes at their most playful, which is certainly aided by Ryan Sambol’s coarse, twisted and strained vocals. Clearly an album firmly rooted in the 60’s, it’s a refreshing change to see it approached from a different angle – from that of a band getting better.

By Daniel Dylan-Wray

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