Album Review: The Strange Boys – ‘Be Brave’

Album Review: The Strange Boys - 'Be Brave'


Fortune seems to have favoured this Texan outfit

It’s a merciful relief that, with their second effort in 12 months, [b]The Strange Boys[/b]’ ramshackle garage-rock has not so much grown up as merely grown slightly wider. Ryan Sambol’s nasal drawl still laces over the four-piece’s trademark jangling surf guitars and lo-fi ambles, but, with the likes of [b]‘The Unsent Letter’[/b]’s stripped-down, piano-led blues, and the opening balladry of [b]‘A Walk On The Bleach’[/b], the band’s repertoire seems to have expanded to more than just pseudo-[a]Black Lips[/a] southern romp-a-longs. Tellingly, [b]‘Be Brave’[/b] is back-loaded with easily the strongest and most diverse cuts, and by the time the final acoustic plucks of [b]‘You Can’t Only Love When You Want’[/b] fade out, [b]The Strange Boys[/b] have done almost a sonic 180. Being a little braver clearly suits them.

[b]Lisa Wright[/b]

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