March 13th was a day I had circled on my calendar for months. Why, you ask? Well, that was the U.S. release date of the latest album by the Electric Boys, ...And Them Boys Done Swang. The album was probably released over a year ago overseas, but there was apparently no U.S. distribution for the album at that time. I watched the album on eBay, but the prices were too high to justify the purchase, and I refuse to illegally download albums off the Internet, so I waited and waited. Finally, they announced the U.S. release date, and I for one, was thrilled.
The album is classic Electric Boys. It just has a groove to it that I love, and the band sounds as good as ever. My personal favorite is "Rollin' Down The Road" which has a great guitar riff, beefed up with some amazing horns. Just love the way it moves. Other great tunes off this one include "Welcome to the High Times," "Angel in a Armoured Suit," "Put Your Arms Around Me" and "Sometimes U Gotta Go Look For The Car." I also like how the average song is probably just about three minutes long...so they hit you hard with a groove, change it up somewhere in the middle, and then they don't overkill it and move on to the next song. Overall, the album is just put together very well.
I have listened to this album on an almost daily basis since the first day I was able to get my grubby little hands on it. The Electric Boys are one of my favorite bands from back in the day, and are also tragically underrated. While I will still holdout hope that I'll get to experience a live Electric Boys show at least one more time (though I doubt they will venture to the states again), I'm at least happy that I can still get amazing new music from these guys.