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Austin’s Strange Boys clean up their sound for their third release while losing none of their freewheeling charm. They've added barroom piano and harmonica to the format of guitar, bass, and drums; it shifts the focus from the '60s garage rock of their first two albums to honky-tonk, shuffling front-porch folk, and twangy Texas blues. The band performs with a low-key command of roots rock that matches their ramshackle style, a feel reinforced by Ryan Sambol’s nasally, mumbled vocals and wry one-liners. The album's more rollicking first half includes the jaunty “Me and You” and “Walking Two by Two,” the R&B gem “Doueh,” the uptempo rockers “Punk’s Pajamas” and “Omnia Boa,” and the swaggering “Mama Shelter.” The mellower yet still-catchy second half has a distinct late-night feel, best captured on “Over the River and Through the Woulds,” “You Take Everything for Granite When You’re Stone,” and “Saddest,” a piano ballad with an unexpected synth breakdown midway through.

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fun band, great record

I really enjoy this album. I think it's great for listening to and I'm happy I bought the whole thing. I enjoyed their first two records as well, so I guess I'm simply a fan, but Live Music will stand up.


The black keys new single kinda sounds like Punk's Pajamas in parts. Both are goood, ill make room for both. This album sounds great though i keep coming back to listen. Ill buy it eventually.


This album does not have the same kind of energy as the first two. A lot less punk, more toned down and country. Sort of going in a different direction... The Strange Boys were my favorite band for a long time after I heard "And Girls Club", but I was pretty unimpressed by this album. If you're looking for the same vivacity you found in the first two (especially first), you won't find much of it here, sorry.


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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