The Golden Boys

Austin American-Statesman - - MUSIC - “Dirty Fin­ger­nails”

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“I have spent time think­ing they were one of the best bands in Austin. I am now think­ing they might be the best — pe­riod,” Amer­i­canS­tates­man writer Joe Gross wrote of the Golden Boys ear­lier this year. His in­spi­ra­tion was partly the band’s of­ten amaz­ing live per­for­mances, but also their fifth full-length.

Fiery keys light up the ti­tle track; “Didn’t I Tell Ya Babe” is at once funny and oddly heart­warm­ing; the head-on rock ‘n’ roll charge of “Cur­tains” is hard to beat. an­other gloomy psych band would be wrong — Holy Wave sup­ple­ments their keen sense of song with plenty of bright, blissed-out mo­ments. de­but al­bum in the spring. As in his other projects, Har­ris’ drum­ming stands out, a com­bi­na­tion of power and dis­tinct flour­ishes. “Crim­i­nal” creeps along like a grim tale out of law­less­ness from the Wild West with fore­bod­ing

Rodolfo gon­za­lez / amer­i­can-states­man

(From left) Crooked Bangs’ Christo­pher Phillip Gon­za­lez, drum­mer, Sa­man­tha Wen­del, gui­tar, Leda Gines­tra, bass/ vo­cals

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