The Maharajas, “Black Box/B-Files” (2013): One Track Mind

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The mighty Maharajas’ latest single “Black Box” – a stand-alone song that’s perhaps a teaser for their upcoming new album – is a winner.

Up-tempo and rockin,’ “Black Box” (Chaputa Records) to my ears bears a strong Fuzztones/Music Machine influence — mixed with this band’s own fab ’60s Euro-garage style.

Lead singer/guitarist Mathias Lilja commands throughout; he’s really come into his own a lead vocalist for the band. Leader Jens Lindberg has, just for this single, switched over to organ from guitar/vocals. The b-side, called “B-Files,” is really the X-Files theme song in disguise – upping the tempo as a fun garage-surf instrumental.

The Maharajas continue to put out consistently great records, and this is no exception. Keep ’em coming, boys!

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott has written for Shindig, Twist and Shake, Garage & Beat and Ugly Things. A big fan of all things rock and roll - especially the British Invasion, garage rock, psychedelic, new wave, folk rock, surf and power pop - he was a consultant on Sundazed Music's reissue of 'The Best of Butch Engle & The Styx: No Matter What You Say' in 2000, and has also provided liner notes for Italy's Misty Lane Records. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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