GOLDEN BOYS, THE: Dirty Fingernails: LP

Dirty Fingernails is the fifth LP from this Austin TX quintet, and honestly I think it’s really the first record of theirs that truly feels like a conceived album rather than just a collection of songs. While the Golden Boys roots are in wild and raucous garage rock, this album is largely full of anthemic hits that are guaranteed to stick in your head for days. This record presents them as kind of like a less refined, more musically raw answer to modern garage rock elder statesmen Reigning Sound, while at the same time giving a nod to the hooky pop of Elvis Costello And The Attractions. While songs like “California,” the title track “Dirty Fingernails,” and the re-recorded version of “Older Than You” are all standouts (although the slightly heavier, original version of “Older Than You” from the Casual Victim Pile compilation is even better), my favorite track is the closing track “We Are Young.” Dirty Fingernails is easily on my top five records of 2012 so far, and I predict it’s there to stay. It’s an instant classic and gets my highest recommendation.  –Mark Twistworthy (12XU, [email protected])