Hailing from deep in the Texas Hill Country, The Golden Boys have roots drawing deep from the window pane well of sonic and geographic kin like the 13th Floor Elevators, Sir Douglas Quintet, the Dicks and 10 million other fried honky dreamers.
" Austin 's Golden Boys proving once again that...Party rip-off bands beat Nick Cave 's silly solo shtick any day."
-Chuck Eddy, the village voice
"Another one of the choicer garage albums of late is the eponymous debut LP by the Golden Boys. Its not clear why this Texas band had to go to New Zealand for the LP, but what the heck? They have a very cracked and shakey take on raunch-hootenany-ism recalling members of the In The Red stables, as well of Memphis ' more lop-sided degenerates. There are parts of this disc that cohere into something identefiably musical, but not enough to bother us."
-Thurston Moore & Byron Coley, Arthur Magazine
“Some of their music is loud and bluesy, some of it's countrified, and the psychedelic influence sometimes comes out full force. It's raucous rock 'n' roll through and through, with all the stomping and yawping that comes with it.”
– The Denton Record Chronicle
“Between the lovelorn lyricism and noisy crescendo of “Slow Down,” and the wah-wah vocalism of the vintage-pop “Ooh Baby Baby,” guitarists/vocalists Matthew Hoopengardner and John Wesley Coleman, combined with the efforts of drummer James Arthur, flex enough musical muscles to birth a sound of complete inimitability.”
For Fans of: Cheater Slicks, Alex Chilton, Gibson Bros., Lee Hazlewood, Fireworks.
TERMINAL BOREDOM REVIEW:
Golden Boys "Whiskey Flower" LP/CD
People keep telling me about this Goodnight Loving band, and singing praise of the new Demons Claws LP - both are fine and dandy (the Claws record at least), but this here's the LP that ain't leaving the turntable anytime soon. Seems a crime that folks don't really mention this band or their country-fried hillbilly & heartache, and that's gotta start changing. The Boys shrank down to a tight three piece and sobered up (well...) to make an even thicker sounding and lysergic-bent epic than before. It makes me wanna cry, how fucking weirdly pretty this is. Not as southern rawk or bombast as past efforts, but just as porch stompin' and soaked in despair (or maybe that's Shiner Beer?). Damned if it don't sound similar to John Lennon's solo output gone Americana at times (you'll know when that hits?), and don't hold it against them. Suits 'em just fine. Horns sprout up, warped tape loops warble along, fiddles and organs roll on out off into a muggy sunset. Its still got some oddball Texas style Butthole-ishness throughout the B-side, so don't think it all went soft. Wish I was lying out in a field of dandelions with this one playing in my head. Permanently. They could fill the Deadly Snakes void in your heart if you let 'em. All this on the prettiest creamsicle swirled vinyl you'll be likely to find outside a Woolworth's lunch counter.Can I talk them into a springtime wedding reception performance? Hope so. Perfection. (RSF)
(Hook or Crook // www.hookorcrook.com - vinyl)
(Emperor Jones // www.emperorjones.com - CD)
Golden Boys "Scorpion Stomp" One Sheet
Golden Boys "Whiskey Flower " One Sheet
Buy the Got No Home/Slow Down 7"
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"Wincing the Year Away" (Austin Chronicle - 1/4/08)
"Caught 'Em in Autumn" (AustinChronicle - 11/9/07)
"Whiskey Flower" Review (The Austin Statesman - 5/22/07)
"SXSW 2006" Review (Austin Chronicle - 3/17/06)
"Ready, Art Brut" (Some dude's blog - 3/16/07)
"Scorpion Stomp #2 Review" (Austin Chronicle - 7/15/05)
"Scorpion Stomp #2 Review" (Agony Shorthand - 6/29/05)