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CD: The Bosshoss – Dos Bros

The
Bosshoss – Dos Bros
(Album
Review)
Rating: 8/10
Release Date:
25 Sept. 2015
Label: UK:
Spinefarm Records | Germany: Island (Universal Music)
Island
0602547374301 (UMG) / EAN 0602547374301
Standard
Tracklist
:
1. Wait for
Me 2. Dos Bros 3. Joyridin’ 4. Today Tomorrow Too Long Too Late 5.
I Like It Like That
6. Star of
the Roadcrew 7. She Is a Little B 8. Tennessee Woman 9. I’m Coming
Home
10. Lady JD
11. A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done
Ten years
ago, in May 2005, Berlin outfit Bosshoss released their first album
called INTERNASHVILLE URBAN HYMNS.
From those
beginnings the band have constantly strived to develop their sound
and have gone on to became one of the German’s most popular acts.
Song-writing
wise they headed to Nashville, Tennessee for the first time meeting
with resident songwriters “
We
ploughed our own field for ten years
,”
said Boss Burns. “
It was
high time to take a look beyond the borders
“.
They sought ideas and opinions from outside the band bubble with a
goal for Country, Southern rock and blues put to a modern pop
context.
The band has
consistently evolved from album to album and have established a very
distinctive sound.
On album No.
9 they take things a step further:
DOS
BROS
is both familiar but
redefines the future.
The BossHoss
unite not only all the elements of their distinctive signature
sounds, but add a decent shot of TexMex, Southern rock and Americana
influences into the mix giving the songs entirely new sounds.
Despite the
sombre (prison, despair) nature of the song the fiery jail break
cinematic opener “
Wait For
Me
” also rocks freedom and
love. It set the pace with a race with the devil and noteworthy fine
harmonica and guitar solos.
Starting with
the single, the early September 4, 2015 released title track “
Dos
Bros
” with dusty Hot Desert
guitars, a driving beat, catchy hooks is supported by a sexy girl
choir it tells the story of two inseparable Outlaw brothers.
It’s too
small the gain to much the pain on the gritty but easy going “
Today
Tomorrow Too Long Too Late

with an Elvis-like melody that brings to mind Suspicious Minds.
Drum beats
and driving guitar kick off the Iron Maiden-like “
She
Is A Little B
“.
The ragged
marching forward “
A Cowboy’s
Work Is Never Done
” turns
up the horsepower and is slated to become their own working-class
anthem. It’s about the hard life of a cowboy in the modern world.
My
Truck is bigger than your truck

and “
My balls are bigger
than your balls
” they sing
on a track that name-check’s Johnny Cash!
Party tracks
include the galloping “
Joy
Riding
” (Their new “triple
b” freedom hymn: Baby, bike & booze), the 70s-influenced piano
ballad “
Lady JD
and the old-meets-new-school on the R’n’B-fused
“I
Like It Like That

transforming classic Bo Diddley influences with groovy country vibes
to produce a highly infectious and dirty-danceable-floorfiller
number:
It’s trouble
here we come, whilst looking at the handsome female protagonist and
with lines such as “
I like
it when you turn it up loud, when you’re going down, down and down

leaves little to the imagination. With hearts a “pumpin”,
grunting backing vocals and heavy panting she’s driving the male
onlooker insane making his whole backbone shiver.
On the slower
paced “
Tennessee Woman
they switched down a gear looking for a great gal. On the catchy
Southern Rock, Nu-folk number “
I’m
Coming Home
“, with neat
honky-tonk piano licks, the travel weary male tires of being a
“rolling stone” out on the road. He ignores a lawyer’s
advice to stay away as drinkin’ muddies the mind failing to forgot
that city woman. Enough! He’s ready to quit and set off cruising into
the sunset. The twist to the tale suggests he is ready to come home
to be with a true love rounding off with “I’ll never leave you
alone”.
The deluxe
2-CD
adds cover versions given a
The BossHoss twist. These include reworked cover of Marilyn Manson’s
“Beautiful People”, The Commodores’ “Easy” and
with a groovy Country remake interpret Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’
catchy “Thrift Shop”. They team up with Netherlands
terrific group,
The Common
Linnets
with a swampy take on
Dolly’s signature worldwide smash “Jolene” promoted via a
video on
Vevo
(389K views; first published on Dec 11, 2015) which also generated
over 155,000 YouTube hits. It features the fabulous earthy vocals
from
Ilse DeLange
and some neat dobro picking
Jolene”
was released as a single making a chart entry on Jan 1, 2016 at #82
and climbed to #35 (
issue date
March 18, 2016) in its 12th chart frame on the
Official
German Top 100
chart. The band
also reported “Absolute madness !!! We have cracked with “Jolene”
the Top 20 airplay charts”. The single come top 10 on Germany’s
mainstream
Radiocharts.com
On September
4, the single “Dos Bros” hit the stores followed up three
weeks later with their eponymous album.
In addition
to regular studio album the band have brought out an additional album
of cover songs.
What better
way to celebrate a 10th anniversary better than in this form!
The BossHoss
album “Dos Bros” double-CD Deluxe version & Vinyl
deluxe version at
Amazon.de
Deluxe
Edition 2-CD Digipak | The Bosshoss (2-LP) |
Super
Deluxe Boxset
2-CD & DVD
www.emp-online.com
About:
The BossHoss
The BossHoss
are a 7-piece band playing a surprising mixture of acoustic and
electric instruments and lead by the two frontmen Alec “Boss Burns”
Voelkel and Sascha “Hoss Power” Vollmer. Over the years they have
developed their own energetic and eclectic blend of rock’n’roll.
Their influences are many and diverse; so in one of their wild live
shows you might expect to hear influences from as far afield as punk
rock, country, rockabilly, modern pop and Blues .
Band Members:
Members:
Boss Burns
(Alee Volkel; 43),
Hoss Power
(Sascha “Hoss” Vollmer; 43), Hank Williamson, Sir Frank
Doe, Russ T. Rocket, Guss Brooks (bass) and Ernesto Escobar de
Tijuana
Reviewer:
Adrian Clark for Country Music News International

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