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- Dream Boys by Dream Boys
9/10 Clinton Staff review, 20 September 2013
There was a piece on the excellent Danny Baker Saturday morning phone-in show on 5 Live where Baker admitted a man-crush on Dimitar Berbatov and invited male listeners to ring in with their same. One married forty something admitted that he had a ‘thing’ for...Gareth Southgate. The effortless jangle and strum of these three Americans (plus a loose Scotsman) could lead me to a man crush on any of these Dream Boys. I do like a man with a jangly guitar.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from looking at the sleeve but to my utter pleasure it sounds very much like the more upbeat ‘60s pop fixated side of The Field Mice. The fact that to find out more about this band I had to google ‘Dream Boys’ and ‘Art Fag’ (the label) will let the good people at Google know exactly what I’m looking for on the internet. It seems that this lot have been compared to The Church, REM and Rain Parade and the fact that they look uncannily like fellow L.A popsters The Three O’Clock lets me know exactly what type of band they are.
Those influences are most apt on the glorious jangle and strum of ‘Through and Through’ which is like a Brit-Indie fixated ‘Chronic Town’ outtake. Even better is ‘Holding Pattern’ which is very much like that great Triptides record of last year - a perfect modern day update on the kind of '60s twang of The Hollies, The Byrds or The Searchers. Just magnificent. They seem to marry the best bits of mid '80s American janglers (The Connells, Lets Active, Winter Hours) with the rainy day melancholia of Brit misery guts the Field Mice and The Smiths. Safe to say, I utterly love it. It looks like some Dream Boys will be coming home with me tonight.
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