Austin's the Strange Boys, who put out the solid ...and Girls Club album earlier this year, are returning early in 2010 with a new record. "Be Brave" is the first sweaty, pleading sound from that new set of songs. These guys may tap into the same sort of punk-gutter-blues thing that the Black Lips have made their name on, but the Strange Boys build their own home in a sound much more firmly planted in R&B and soul traditions. "Be Brave" may be frantic and squealing, but damned if there isn't an infectious hook buring under all that grit. Head over to their MySpace page to check it out.
The new album, also titled Be Brave, is due out next February. [Gorilla vs. Bear]