Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ELECTRIC BOYS: "Them Boys Sure Done Swang"

Rating: 7/10

Label: Escape 2011

Review by Alan Holloway

Firmly ensconced in the rock lexicon known as “Oooh… I remember them!”, The Electric Boys had a bit of a thing going in the early Nineties with their stoner influenced funk rock, even going so far as to produce some pretty high quality albums, including the impressively titled “Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride”. It was all over pretty quickly, but many still hold a torch for the Swedish rockers.

Well, light up those torches (and spark up a spliff whilst you’re at it) , as The Electric Boys are back with “And Them Boys Done Swang”, which pretty much picks up where they left off. Mixing the full on hard rock of opener “Reefer Lord “ (subtle as ever…) with funkers like “The House Is Rockin” and even a pretty effective slower tune (“Ten Thousand Times Goodbye”), this is as solid a comeback as you could wish for. There’s small hints that someone in the band loves The Beatles scattered about, but mainly this album shows the ‘Boys for the original, creative force they always were. Others have tried, but no one does this sort of groovy shit any better than them. By turns psychedelic, melodic and intense, this isn’t just for the reefer lords, it’s for everyone who has ever sat and thought “Whatever happened to The Electric Boys?”. The answer is: Nothing… they were just chilling out for a while.


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