The Bosshoss - Dos Bros (Album Review)
Release Date: 25 Sept. 2015
Label: UK: Spinefarm Records | Germany: Island (Universal Music)
Island 0602547374301 (UMG) / EAN 0602547374301
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