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The Boss Mustangs / Press

“The Boss Mustangs might just be the best band to have ever come out of Grand Rapids. That might be kind of a bold claim (kind of), but we’re sticking by it. Garage rock got a little stale for a while there, and these guys might not even appreciate the label. But what they produce is skuzzy, fuzzy, fucking wild rock ’n’ roll with all of the polish scratched off with a power sander. They cite all of the usual suspects as influences, from the Stooges and the MC5 to the Kinks and the Cramps, yet they manage to sound entirely like themselves.”

“B-Movie Rock & Roll Will Knock Yer Socks Off!...The Boss Mustangs gleefully plunder various garage/ punk vaults, but rather than imitating any specific genre, this five-piece band synthesizes an original version of that musical era with searing guitars, exceptional bass work, a raved-up drummer who obviously is damn near the reincarnation of Keith Moon, and the lead singer’s manic vibe. This band conjures up some great, original mojo! The production is second to none, which is created by Dick Chiclet and Johnny Hiwatt. They allow the Boss Mustangs to color their songs in different shades of black leather, day-glo, that stick-to-your-ribs on these ten outta sight tunes!...The Boss Mustangs sound like they just crawled out of the Stooges amplifiers.- Loud, brash, confident, nasty-as-fuck garage punk to the max!-And they wear Naru jackets, how cool is that!”

“With commendable attention to detail, The Boss Mustangs’ first collection of stormin’ stompin’ garage grooves comes packaged in an enigmatic retro sleeve design featuring a naked ginger-haired woman wrapped in the stars and stripes..Topped off with period LP-style lettering and a photo of the band looking like The Seeds (circa ’66), the effect is immediate red alert: don’t expect easy listening. The ensuing sonic assault is well judged. Breakneck-paced fuzzed-up guitars, pounding rhythm section and distorted vocals combine as the vehicle for some of the most in-your-face razor-edged, raw-arsed rock and roll you’ve heard in many a long year; certainly since the MC5, and maybe not even then...Breathlessness and zealous commitment are sustained so effortlessly throughout its ten tracks it’s neither easy nor even pertinent to try and nominate standouts... But really the whole thing is what you want on repeat to make your flagging Christmas party come alive and roar.”

“Usually bands that do the ’60s psychedelic Nuggets thing make me simultaneously bored, nauseous and annoyed, but then there are bands like The Boss Mustangs who do it so well, I forget my prejudices and happily rock out to the fuzzy warbles emanating from my stereo. The BM sound is rooted in 1960s Detroit, which makes sense since they hail from Western Michigan, but rather than being yet another Stooges or MC5 knockoff, they sound more like Frijid Pink and The Rationals, i.e., loud, fuzzy, overdriven rock’n‘roll with a definite soul inflection. “Mrs. McKee,” the A-side, kicks off with a treble-y guitar lead over insistent bass and drums before launching into a staccato main riff reminiscent of The Deviants‘ “I’m Coming Home.” The B-side, “Hazel Holly,” is basically the same thing, only the intro is deceptively slow, hinting that the song will be a ballad before crashing into the raucous r&b that truly makes up the song.”

“About the edition of this 7'' by The Boss Mustangs, the best way to talk about it is just tell that containing two large kicks of Rock'n 'Roll, with one foot in the Garage of 66 and the other at present consists of "Mrs . McKee" and "Hazel Holly (Please Come Back)", two songs from cosmic psychedelia (remembering the deepest existing psych was in Detroit), loaded with riffs and hard knocks, with the voice of Dan Cadillac to rise above such quality sonic. Balances of this scale there are few, a sample of what we may listen to the LP, which is to be released soon.”