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Like it or not, The Strange Boys are probably both younger and more accomplished than you. Since the band's humble beginnings as a duo in 2003, they've shared stages with the likes of Roky Erickson, Daniel Johnston, and Black Lips, leaving a smattering of singles, EPs, and CDRs in their wake. The band's full-length debut, And Girls Club, wound up on countless best-of-2009 lists and landed them a record deal (outside North America) with Rough Trade. Now, the Boys kick off 2010 with their follow-up, Be Brave, and it's guaranteed to please any and all who appreciate an infectious mix of ramshackle garage rock, polished Village Green-era Kinks melodies, and vocals that suggest a young Bob Dylan had he spent more of his formative years in juvie halls than coffeehouses. And who can't dig that?
Be Brave, recorded at The Distillery in Costa Mesa by Mike McHugh, is the debut of the new, modified Strange Boys line-up. Original drummer Matt Hammer exited the band and Jenna Thornhill and Seth Densham of Mika Miko stepped in to fill his spot. Tim Presley of Darker My Love, a longtime friend of the group, also appears on the new album and performs with the band when his schedule permits. The result is an ever-so-slight build upon the roots-garage template they've constructed over the course of their career so far. The moody parts are now moodier and the band's signature groove is now...well...groovier. The Boys internalize a host of classic pop and rock sub-sub-genres and make them sound utterly vibrant in the messed-up times of now.

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... a raunchy interpretation of Bob Dylan at the height of his coolness. --The Needle Drop

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: In the Red Records
  • ASIN: B0035L0Z92
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory William Locke on January 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Okay, fine, I'll admit it: I kind of have a crush on Austin, Texas garage rockers The Strange Boys. All of 'em, even the gal with the blonde afro who plays the sax, Jenna Thornhill-deWitt. Following 2008's breakout debut, The Strange Boys and Girls Club, the youngish slacker rockers found a solid niche market in the U.S. and, unpredictably, a solid fan base in the U.K. No bother, they went back into the studio and, ignoring the hype and pressures that surround a sophomore record, recorded Be Brave, an equally good - if much different - record.

Be Brave opens with "I See," an instantly enjoyable twanger that sees frontman Ryan Sambol singing - in slurred verse - some surprisingly well written words of passive poetry, adding a harp-driven pseudo-power-hook to the track's already very accessible accompaniment. It's a great opener that sees these Boys peeling away some of the fuzzy grit in favor of a stound akin to pre-Aftermath Rolling Stones.

From there Be Brave is a solid garage rock ride, filled with incomprehensible vocals (many of which seem to deal with political themes), jangle guitars, bratty vibes and bouncy rhythms. The title track, for sure, is an instant standout, sounding like some lost Nuggets-era pop single. Mixing elements of country, R&B and punk into their sound on Be Brave, presenting a fluid and lean 12-song record that, despite the band's limited palate, never drags or bores, instead feeling like a singles collection for slackers.

Modestly produced by Sambol himself, the Boys have a different line-up on this record, one that features some very well-thought-of members of the ongoing garage rock revival. For starters, original drummer (and founding member) Matt Hammer has been replaced by Seth Densham (formerly of Mika Miko).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zachary J Evans on February 22, 2011
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They calmed down their sound drastically, and started whining a lot. It almost sounds like they started listening to someone else tell them what to sound like. This album doesn't quite bring the same boppin punch that And Girls Club did, and turning it down a notch to a mellower folky side seems to be what they were trying to do. However, overall this album rocks, and there are definitely still some awesome extremely catchy tracks with that special sound that will make you want to jump through the roof.
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By DISCover Tunes on January 1, 2011
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Strange Boys are great. This album didn't disappoint at all. It sounds a little more mature than their previous album. Really Good Music.
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By GAIL from MN on September 26, 2014
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I love these guys!
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