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This lovably ragged Texas combo staggers through these tracks like pub crawlers teetering on the edge of blackout. At first blush, Be Brave comes across as yet another excursion into ‘60s garage-rock revivalism. Several numbers — especially the bluesy title tune and the twanging, tempo-shifting “Night Might” — suggest early Stones or Them. But more often, the album leans towards twisted versions of honky-tonk country (“Between Us,” “You Can’t Only Love When You Want To”) and acoustic folk (“Dare I Say,” “Da Da”), keeping the focus on Ryan Sambol’s strangled warbling. “A Walk On the Beach” and “Friday In Paris” manage to goose up the energy level a notch. Beneath the messy surfaces of these tunes is a stubborn integrity, with nothing slick added to ruin the music’s creaky appeal. Though Sambol’s lyrics are often lost in his slurred delivery, a punch-drunk romanticism emerges in songs like “Laugh At Sex, Not Her” and “All You Can Hide Inside.” In its own shambolic fashion, Be Brave is an inspired effort, loaded with slack-jawed charm.

Customer Reviews

a great album!

This is a great album by the strange boys (and girls now). Fantastic stuff all around! Dig! Dig! Dig! If you like anything at all, you will enjoy this record.

This is a great record

these guys put out great music. I hope everyone enjoys this.

Awesome sauce

I love this band!


Formed: 2002 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Brainwashed by years of exposure to an American Bandstand cassette (a circa 1966 show, apparently) in their mother's car, brothers Ryan and Philip Sambol started bashing out their own take on British and psychedelic rock while still attending high school in Dallas, TX. With Ryan on guitar and vocals, and Philip on bass, the brothers honed their retro sound on their own before enlisting Matt Hammer on drums and Greg Enlow on guitar and keys, forming the group now known as the Strange Boys in 2004....
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