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The Golden Boys

Thee Electric Wolfman

(Daggerman; US: 22 Oct 2009; UK: Import)

There is nothing like a perfectly titled record. On Thee Electric Wolfman, the latest from the Golden Boys, this five-piece doesn’t so much scream beer-soaked obscenities as much as they howl them. These 11 rollicking tunes don’t just get the party started, they continue it long into the night. There’s a crusty underbelly to tracks like “She Said It” and “I’m Black and White” that showcase the Golden Boys’ ability to make jangly, harmonic pop tunes sound as haunting as your worst morning after.


Taking further cues from Beggar’s Banquet-era Stones on “Old Man’s Coat”, a remarkably mature number, the Golden Boys prove that not only are they capable of sonically evolving, but they still possess the formula for having a good time. It’s an uncomplicated listen, but there is nothing simplistic about it. The scariest thing about Thee Electric Wolfman is probably how good it actually is.

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Joshua Kloke is a music writer and hopeless Toronto Maple Leafs fan who splits his time between Melbourne, Australia and Canada. He's contributed to The Vancouver Sun, Exclaim!, Beatroute, Beat Magazine, Time Out and veri.live.


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