Ever notice that garage bands rarely ever ROCK? Weird, right?Well, The Bosch ROCK. They hit all the right notes – their garagey swagger isn’t hipsterish – it’s a genuinely cool Lou Reed thing with even a little Joey Ramone in there. The music is great – an immensely likable mix of 60s garage, 50s r&b, and Strokesy rock. They’re also one of the only garage bands that incorporate keys and horns and have it sound awesome. But most of all, these are good songs. Too much of my time is spent reviewing stuff that may sound good, may sound bad, but preciously little of it would I listen to again, let alone put on my iPod. Many bands can sound good, but so few can write good, memorable songs. The Bosch are right there. They are in full control and they confidently rock out tunes you want to go back and hear again. Recommended for Strokes fans who don’t want a Strokes clone.
RATING & SUMMARY:
Bottom Line: Upbeat, fun, rockin’, catchy… rarities in the garage world but The Bosch have em covered. Notable Tracks: This Town, Paperback, the ska-ish Counting and Back to Reality (they even do ska well?!)Overall Rating: (4.5/5)
The ever-wonderful 3hive blogged about Hurry Up: The Bosch: “This NYC quartet offers short, rich, intense songs that are better enjoyed on their own, without comparison.”
We’ll be in this week’s R>A>D>A>R REPORT on XMU on Thursday Sept. 13 at 10pm. The Radar Report Encores every Friday at 2pm ET and Every Saturday at 6am ET. The show airs on: XMU, XM RADIO Channel 43, XM RADIO Online, Direct TV Channel 831 and on AOL.
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Villains Always Blink: Interview with the Bosch: “I’ve been taken with this indie punk pop band from New York since back in the fall of 2005 when I stumbled upon them in WOXY’s unsigned bands feature. Two years later, they’ve made a slight change in their line-up (added a Canadian!), released a new EP (titled Hurry Up), and still have a killer saxophone sound. Guitarist and vocalist Matt Harrison of the Bosch kindly answered some questions for Villains Always Blink.”
“The Bosch are a NYC combo that rocks out in all the right ways. They describe their music as…”a New York City quartet who sounds something like what might happen “if Brian Wilson, Dick Dale, and Joey Ramone stayed up all night taking speed pills and Ritalin.” Heck, that works for me. Although Dick Dale would kick both skinny Joey’s and pansy Brian’s asses.”
I usually don’t read e-mails from publicists — sorry… I know it must take so long to cut and paste our names (usually incompletely or incorrectly) into the form messages you send out that often do not reflect any real understanding of what this blog does — but Tony’s pitch for The Bosch caught my eye. Now, I’m not usually one for crazy, mixed-up comparisons, and I almost got lost in the ones provided for The Bosch: Joey Ramone, Dick Dale and Brian Wilson, or maybe The White Stripes, The Violent Femmes and Phil Spector, or even The Clash, the Femmes, Spector, Bruce Springsteen and Man… Or Astroman. However, I like enough of these performers to download a few tracks, and I liked them enough to share them with you. This NYC quartet offers short, rich, intense songs that are better enjoyed on their own, without comparison. These are from their newest album, Hurry Up, while four more off Buy One, Get One, from 2005, are available on the band’s website.
These are exciting times here for The Bosch. We have FOUR (4) shows
coming up in the next week.
First and foremost is one tomorrow (Saturday) night, right here in New
York City’s own East Village
Saturday July 21
The Red Party(3)
at The Pyramid Club
101 Ave. A
between 6th and 7th Sts
with Ava Luna (12 am) and The Walk Ons (10 pm)
Next week, The Bosch heads south to play Philadelphia, Washington and
Thursday 7/26 The Fire, Philadelphia, PA
(with Empty Shapes, Nice Jenkins, Grropolis, Northern Valentine)
Friday 7/27 The Red & The Black, Washington DC
(with Boxcar Collision, Maple and Barn Burning)
Saturday 7/28 House Party, Richmond VA
(details to follow)
While the band prepared to play Pianos, the teletype machine here at The Bosch World HQ printed out a message:
LETS RECORD LIVE SESSION STOP
REPORT TO BTR LIVE STUDIO STOP
LOC 4 8 15 16 23 42 STOP
We went on eBay to find a used Enigma machine to decipher the coordinates in the message, and duly reported to a recording studio secreted away in lower Manhattan and recorded a live set for Breakthru Radio. The session goes live today.