The Strange Boys produced one of my favorite releases of 2009, their debut album And Girls Club, and were kind enough to perform at the Covert day party during SXSW. Since then, they have gone on to play some festivals around the US, take a tour of the UK, sign with Rough Trade Records, and even add a couple of new band members. They also wasted no time getting to work on their sophomore album, Be Brave, which will be released later this month via In The Red/Rough Trade. Singer/guitarist Ryan Sambol explains the background of the new record:
"We got back from Europe and I worked out the songs that I had already started, wrote some more and sent cassette tapes of the songs to Tim, Jenna and Seth. When they got the tapes they all called me back and said they didn't know what they were going to play, but they were interested to try. Then the three of us; Greg, Philip and I, drove out from Austin and played a few shows to get to LA. We met up with Tim, Jenna and Seth, went over to our friend John's house, and rehearsed for a couple hours. The next day, we played FYF Fest, two days later we went to Costa Mesa, and two weeks later we came out with Be Brave."The Strange Boys will be on the road again soon in support of the new album, playing with the likes of Ty Segall, Spoon, and Deerhunter. They are at Emo's on Friday, February 19 with Chain & the Gang, YellowFever, and Cowabunga Babes.