Hieronymus Bosch | Havin' Fun, Soundin' Good

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Havin' Fun, Soundin' Good

by Hieronymus Bosch

Surf-tinged garage rock that needs a shave and ruins the liver.
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Borg Warner, Four-On-The-Floor
2:33 $0.99
2. Metronome
2:55 $0.99
3. The Worst Thing
3:37 $0.99
4. 1776
1:50 $0.99
5. The Movie Director
3:53 $0.99
6. Timetables
3:15 $0.99
7. Love is Just a Cloud
2:51 $0.99
8. Underground
4:31 $0.99
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Album Notes

Heralded as musical historians by Steve O'Rourke, The Bosch claims The Pixies and Frank Black, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, the Ventures, Link Wray, Man... or Astroman?, and The Gun Club as significant influences. In other words, it's a furious and melodic mixture of surf, garage, and punk rock.


THE BOSCH, smarmy surf rockers extraordinaire, claim the two most prominent Williamsburgs as their home. Originally hailing from Williamsburg, Virginia, erudite and visionary guitarist MATT HARRISON and super-charged sociopath HOLT RICHARDSON met in their tedious years at a tiny white-bread private high school. After they developed a disturbingly telepathic musical rapport, they began a professional affair with the Sound of Music in Richmond, Virginia, and more specifically, with engineer Jonathan Demaio, who, when not touring with Southern Culture on the Skids and other top-notch Southern bands, has cut "The Bosch Sound" onto analog tape on many occasions.

In the past few months, The Bosch has been fortunate enough to admit two new players into the fold. ANDREW RAFF, a legal eagle, tickler of ivory keys and blower of hot and cool on the tenor sax, means the music up real good. BRETT BEYER, darling of the Williamsburg loft-party scene, frequenter of his own custom-built darkroom, and all around hipster extraordinaire, recently joined The Bosch as four-stringer. Holt and Matt are wringin' their hands, eagerly anticipating Brett's successful sneakin' of The Bosch tunes into the most magnificently coiffed circles of hipsterdom.


The Bosch boys, having sexed-up audiences with their surf rock and twang, have begun seeing the fruits of their labours: substantial airplay for their latest release, "Havin Fun Soundin Good," as well as a residency at the Lower East Side's Luna Lounge, keeping alive the dream of a future filled with champagne, cocaine, and the chance to hunt whales in a hovercraft. The Bosch has won the annual battle of the bands competition at the College of William and Mary, booty-rocked the bulk of downtown New York clubs, and helped many unwed mothers get their start.

The Bosch only desire a few things: to electrify the stage with gluteousmaximusshakinus tunes, and perhaps cause you to crack a smile, or at least break a sweat. The most poetic thing they'd ask of their fans is to ponder their place in a world of violence and lust.

The Bosch perspire and strain, jump and howl, bump and grind, armed frequently with go-go dancers and always with total recall of Steve Martin's routines and the film UHF. You can't lose.

Give the Bosch a chance to rock the joint and no one will leave unhappy.



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H Bosch is unsigned gold
Hieronymus Bosch is a Brooklyn three-piece rock band. Their sound is surf and cool, fun pop. "HAVIN' FUN, SOUNDIN' GOOD" is an excellent album. The opening track "Borg Warner, Four-on-the-Floor", starts with a slow, building noodling, and then Hieronymous Bosch throw in their six cents on the Dick Dale theory of surf guitar. This band doesn't have Dick Dale's balls (very few do), but I would say Hieronymus Bosch out-nut The Ventures. On track 2, "Metronome", guitarist and voxman Mathew Harrison is Lou Reed with cool, upbeat energy. A real cool act. My pick for the single would be "1776", a slow groove, very cool sounds ("I've had it with 1776 / And the Pistols / And the local cineplex"). Hieronymus Bosch is unsigned gold. "HAVIN' FUN, SOUNDIN' GOOD" is a real cool time.

-H. Barry Zimmerman


Cosmik Debris

High quality and highly recommended
The album begins with a thick-toned instrumental surf number full of energy, nothing earth shattering or that will send thousands of kids to the guitar store, but I'm talkin' about the kind of tune that makes you slip your shades on and drive a little faster than the legal limit. Ah, but this isn't a surf band, per se, and the second track "Metronome," reintroduces Hieronymus Bosch as a gang of rockers with a fondness for the trappings of 60s garage. Almost hidden in all the power and bluster are some sloppy moments that would be more of an eyebrow raiser if not for the garage ethic. I wouldn't say they necessarily "make the sloppy moments work," but they're minor, few, and more than made up for by the pure fun of rest of the album. The band takes their name from Hieronymus Bosch, the Dutch surrealist painter of the 1400s best known for a glorious work of art titled Garden of Earthly Delights. That hasn't got too much bearing on this review, but it's interesting to note that when you listen to something like "The Movie Director" you feel their unbridled "let it be what it becomes" creativity, and the thing is magical. A garden of musical delights. There are only 8 songs (25 minutes) on this album, but it's high quality and highly recommended.