Strange Boys, 'Be Brave' (In the Red)

Be Brave
Critical Mass
Label: In The Red

by David Menconi

When conversation turns to great rock singing voices, words like "howl," "shriek," or perhaps "croon" tend to come up. But Ryan Sambol, leader of Austin, Texas' Strange Boys, whines-there's no other word to describe his slackerly emoting, which lands somewhere between Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano and Daniel Johnston. Yet Sambol has an especially evocative whine, and it takes center-stage on this subdued, determinedly lo-fi follow-up to 2008's raucous debut The Strange Boys and Girls Club. Projecting the sense of exhaustion you feel just before a hangover kicks in, Sambol laconically endures the pain so you don't have to.

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
Now Playing
  • 1 Fantasmes — Bare Bones " 04:58
  • 2 The Black Angels — An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street " 03:20
  • 3 J Dilla — Give Em What They Want " 02:45
  • 4 Low Leaf — Set Me Free " 02:13
  • 5 Doe Paoro — Nobody " 03:05
  • 6 Chromeo with Ezra Koenig — Ezra's Interlude " 01:55
  • 7 Soundgarden — Black Hole Sun (Demo) " 05:54

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA