The Strange Boys

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The Strange Boys
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Strange Boys live at FYF Fest in Los Angeles, 2009
Background information
OriginDallas, Texas/Austin, Texas
United States United States
GenresIndie rock, Southern rock, Country rock, Garage rock, Blues
Years active2001-2012
LabelsDusty Medical Records, In The Red (US), Rough Trade (UK)
Associated actsMika Miko, Darker My Love
MembersRyan Sambol
Philip Sambol
Greg Enlow
Mike La Franchi
Jenna E. Thornhill DeWitt
Tim Presley
Past membersMatt Hammer
Seth Densham

The Strange Boys are an American rock band based in Austin, Texas, composed of Ryan Sambol (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Philip Sambol (bass), Greg Enlow (guitar), Mike La Franchi (drums), Jenna E. Thornhill DeWitt (saxophone, backing vocals), and Tim Presley (backing vocals). Their music incorporates stylistic elements of garage rock, punk, R&B and country music.[1]


The Strange Boys were formed by Dallas 8th graders Ryan Sambol and Matt Hammer in 2001. Originally a punk duo, they expanded to a trio when Ryan's brother Philip returned to Dallas from college in 2003.[2]

In 2007 the band released their debut Nothing EP on Dusty Medical Records and in 2009 their first full-length album, and Girls Club via In the Red Records.

In late 2009 the band underwent some line-up changes, with drummer and founding member Matt Hammer being replaced by Seth Densham, originally of Mika Miko (who disbanded in October, 2009). Jenna Thornhill-DeWitt, also a former member of Mika Miko, was added as saxophonist and backing vocalist, and Tim Presley, of Darker My Love, also joined to contribute backing vocals.[3] Seth left the group and Mikey La Franchi joined on drums.

Around the same time, the new line-up signed a deal with UK record label Rough Trade to distribute their material outside of the US, and also announced details of their second album, Be Brave, which was released on February 22, 2010 (UK) and February 23, 2010 (US). The album was preceded by a single release of the title track, 'Be Brave' on January 25 (UK) and January 26 (US).[citation needed] This track is used in a 2012 Dell commercial.[4]

The band released their third album, Live Music (Live pronounced [lɪv], rhyming with give), exclusively on Rough Trade in October, 2011.

According to singer Ryan Sambol, the Strange Boys played their last show in July 2012 in Canada.

The Strange Boys have toured alongside acts such as Darker My Love, Night Beats, Mika Miko, Fucked Up, Crystal Antlers, Chain and the Gang, Spoon, Deerhunter,[2] and Julian Casablancas.


  • Nothing EP (Dusty Medical Records, 2007)
  • Isn't It Pretty To Think So 7" (In The Red Records, 2008)
  • The Strange Boys and Girls Club (In The Red, 2009)
  • Be Brave 7" (In The Red/Rough Trade, 2010)
  • Be Brave LP (In The Red/Rough Trade, 2010)
  • Live Music LP (Rough Trade, 2011)


  1. ^ "In The Red Records". In The Red Records. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  2. ^ a b Published at 8:00 AM on May 13, 2009 By Austin L. Ray (2009-05-13). "Getting to Know... The Strange Boys :: Music :: Features :: Paste". Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  3. ^ "Album Review: The Strange Boys - Be Brave | Prefix". Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  4. ^ "Ask SAM," Winston-Salem Journal, August 21, 2012, p. A2.

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