The Nox Boys – Nox Boys (2014)

This new Pittsburgh-based band reminds somewhat me of the Black Keys and the White Stripes — if they were a lot younger and loved the Sonics instead of old blues. (The hyperactive “Novelty” encapsulates this theory.) And it makes sense, considering the Nox Boys’ new album was produced by Jim Diamond, of White Stripes and Sonics fame.

Cynics guitarist Gregg Kostelich’s fuzz-toned guest turn on “Military School,” meanwhile, sounds like a long lost White Stripes song that Jack White himself would’ve loved to have had in his band’s arsenal. Hey guys, use more fuzz guitar like on this fab tune!

Their snotty “I Don’t Care Anymore” boasts an attitude which I think we all can relate to at one time or another when dealing with today’s relationships and life’s tribulations. The fab reverb soaked lead on this particular tune really does it for me.

“Save Me,” an end of the world-like rocker, could’ve been had a place on a Pebbles LP, had they beaten The Human Expression’s Love at Psychedelic Velocity to the punch.

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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.