The Strange Boys will play at the Midi Festival, Villa Noailles - Hyères ( 23th to 25th of July) on the initiative of their scheduler Frédéric Landini. We can be sure that like the past years the selection will be excellent. Last thursday we went to see them at Point Ephémère. It was such a nice atmosphere, cool guys, great interaction with the audience,… The singer reminds me of Bob Dylan somehow, so when he started playing harmonica it was picture perfect!
They were formed in Dallas, Texas in 2001 as a punk duo by Ryan Sambol (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica) and Matt Hammer the former drummer, while the pair was in 8th grade. Ryan's brother Philip joined in 2003 at the bass. The band later released their Nothing EP in 2007 on Dusty Medical Records and a self released EP, The Strange Boys will now forever be known as the Martin Luther Kings in 2008 before issuing their debut album, entitled And Girls Club via In The Red Records on March 3, 2009. After several changes in the line-up, they signed a deal with Rough Trade and announced details of their sophomore album, Be Brave, which was released on February 22th, 2010. Their music incorporates stylistic elements of garage rock, punk, r n' b and country. They've been compared to the 13th Floor Elevators and other bands featured on the compilation album Nuggets. They have toured alongside acts such as The Mighty Cannibals, Black Lips, Julian Casablancas, the late Jay Reatard,… They will be supporting Spoon and Deerhunter on a spring 2010 tour. Try to catch them on their way, and dance to their music like we did!