The Golden Boys

Whiskey Flower (Emperor Jones)

Texas Platters

The Golden Boys

Whiskey Flower (Emperor Jones)

Fed on moonshine and mushrooms, Canyon Lake quintet the Golden Boys set the summer on fire with their sophomore LP. Picking up where 2005 debut Scorpion Stomp #2 (Hook or Crook) left off, Whiskey Flower tightens the knot while letting loose a psychedelic Last Waltz Roky Erickson would be proud of. Matthew Hoopengardner's steam-train opener "Yankee Dollar" shows off the Boys a lot wiser and a bit older, thanks to John Wesley Coleman's hypnotic guitar and production values that make the debut now sound like a demo. With high tempos come the lows in slurring melancholy "Remember Georgia," Ralph White collaboration "La La Birdie," and old-school mindfuck closer "If I Can't Hold You in My Arms," further proof that the Boys remain Golden. Culminating in horn-blasting, Sid St. Onge-penned "Dolly's Waltz," Whiskey Flower takes the thrash out of the garage and displays it proudly on the front porch.


The 2021-2022 Austin Music Awards Music Poll is underway. Vote now for your favorite bands, venues, and music until January 31.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Golden Boys
Live Shots
The Golden Boys
SXSW showcase reviews

Darcie Stevens, March 17, 2006

Phases and Stages
The Golden Boys
Scorpion Stomp #2 (Record Review)

Darcie Stevens, July 15, 2005

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
The Cypher (Record Review)

Rachel Rascoe, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Martian Warlords
Area 69 (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, Jan. 3, 2020

More by Darcie Stevens
Phases & Stages
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It's Blitz! (Record Review)

April 3, 2009

Spotlight: The Wooden Birds
Spotlight: The Wooden Birds
9pm, the Parish

March 20, 2009


Golden Boys

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle