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

The mighty Maharajas’ latest single “Black Box” (Chaputa Records), perhaps a teaser for their upcoming new album, is a winner.

Up-tempo and rockin,’ “Black Box” to my ears bears a strong Fuzztones/Music Machine influence — mixed with the Maharajas’ own fab ’60s Euro-garage style. (Available here: www.chaputa.com)

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 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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