Skratch Magazine (Tustin, CA)

H. Barry Zimmerman, Skratch Magazine: CD Review: Havin’ Fun, Soundin’ Good, June 2004.

Hieronymus Bosch is a Brooklyn three-piece rock band. Their sound is surf and cool, fun pop. “HAVIN’ FUN, SOUNDIN’ GOOD” is an excellent album. The opening track “Borg Warner, Four-on-the-Floor”, starts with a slow, building noodling, and then Hieronymous Bosch throw in their six cents on the Dick Dale theory of surf guitar. This band doesn’t have Dick Dale’s balls (very few do), but I would say Hieronymus Bosch out-nut The Ventures. On track 2, “Metronome”, guitarist and voxman Mathew Harrison is Lou Reed with cool, upbeat energy. A real cool act. My pick for the single would be “1776”, a slow groove, very cool sounds (“I’ve had it with 1776 / And the Pistols / And the local cineplex”). Hieronymus Bosch is unsigned gold. “HAVIN’ FUN, SOUNDIN’ GOOD” is a real cool time.

Skratch Magazine, Tustin, CA

Dane Jackson, Skratch Magazine: CD Review: Havin’ Fun, Soundin’ Good, May 2004

When I started reviewing music a few years ago, I never thought I’d hear a surf-rock band from Brooklyn. Well, now I have. These three guys from Brooklyn offer up some garage rock with undertones of surf rock with HAVIN’ FUN, SOUNDIN’ GOOD. I’m not sure how much fun the band is actually having, but after listening to this eight-track opus of surf rock, you will be. This album is catchy, very poppy, and easy to listen to. I could see a song like “Borg Warner, Four-on-the-Floor” find its way onto a Quentin Tarantino movie soundtrack. If you’re afraid this album will only be filled with surf-rock goodness, then check out “The Movie Director”. That track adds elements of Blur, The Doors, and garage rock.