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The All-Nighters - Drink The Nightdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first CD from Bellingham's All-Nighters. It features some very good drumming, interesting writing and hot playing. The mixes are sometimes between demo and professional, but the music is just grand!
Picks: Gypsy Skank, Moonshine At Sunrise, Drink The Night, Satanic Surf Psycho, Tropical Siesta, Showdown, Chingada, Jackie The Rat, Opium Den, Folsom Prison Blues, Cold Water, Ecstasy Of Gold, Pretty 50's

Track by Track Review

Gypsy Skank dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Gypsy Skank" has a great deal of energy and flying double picked guitar notes, and they are well supported by a very cool bass line and great drums. Rich textures and arranging. Well worth searching out.

Moonshine At Sunrise dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Moonshine At Sunrise" is slow and easy from a melodic perspective, and yet it has strong drums. While it's easy going, it's a long way from soft. That, of course, is just the opening. After a minute or so, it doubles pace and rocks mightily. Great drums and plenty of power.

Drink The Night dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A soulful moody bass line and easy guitar licks above great drums create a totally different sound and feel than the 2006 version on Dance 'Til Dawn. "Drink The Night" is fluid and groovy with very strong drums.

Satanic Surf Psycho dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The phase shifter cycles the guitar through envelopes of aural grunge as the drummer simply rocks! "Satanic Surf Psycho" is tuff and fast and very powerful! This is very rock!

Tropical Siesta dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slithery slide guitar lines ape island serenity as this easy going number dribbles lagoon coolness. The drums are much busier than the rest of the band, which creates an interesting contrast.

Showdown dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This version of "Showdown" is different from the 2006 take. Frantic punk drums and flailing licks drive it hard. Energetically like some Slacktone songs, but not stylistically.

Chingada dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An infectious simple rhythm and drum pattern groove with big round bass and great shouts. It's a very spirited song with great drumming. Twangy, whammified, and splashy!

Jackie The Rat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Punk drums and thrash chords, super fast ska-like thrashing, and absolutely flying double picked leads! While a mere 43 seconds long, it sure does wail!

Opium Den dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This very sad instro uses very cool violin in the lead to tell its unfortunate tale. The epic swing through its various scenes is well paced and quite visual. The track is mono, except for the haunted chorus. Excellent.

Folsom Prison Blues dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Raging punk drums and thin bass simply race, dragging a trashy surf guitar lead down that country road. You wouldn't expect this to work at all, but t sure does! Holy cow!

Cold Water dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big spunk and a very fun circular melody line. "Cold Water" is infectious and well suited for an open road adventure. Chunky and spontaneous.

Ecstasy Of Gold dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slowly rising from spatial ambiance and dirty bass, "Ecstasy Of Gold" dramatically arrives at a fast paced, hard driving, all out raver. The intertwining of orchestral heavy and punk splash is very engaging.

Pretty 50's dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The title says it. A lovely progression beautifully pours from the guitar. Reverbed rim taps and moody bass work really well with this piece. It rises and falls between huge and easy many times. "Pretty 50's" is a twelve minute opus with plenty of dramatic changes and power.