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The American History Project - Demos
I came across these instros on the web. they were referenced as surf, but of course there's only a passing relationship with the genre via the guitar's tone. Everything else about it is opposite what surf is. Mixing left wing depression with intro rock means loss of melody and a dingy hopelessness. This is so at odds with the spirit of surf music that's it's mind boggling to imagine why one would use surf as a vehicle for such thinking, or why even associate this with surf. Don't waste your time.
Picks: Brother Against Brother, Don't Tread On Me, Mai Lai Massacre, Selma Riots

Track by Track Review


Brother Against Brother
Depressing Rock (Instrumental)

This is a slow and moody piece with sad sound that's just shy of understated. As with most songs from this end of the spectrum, "Brother Against Brother" sports little optimism or hope, but rather makes you feel like you must resign yourself to some invisible oppression to survive. Very depressing.

Don't Tread On Me
Depressing Rock (Instrumental)

Stereo guitars play an angular riff against a rock beat. "Don't Tread On Me" is tense, but doesn't every evolve into more than the tension.

Mai Lai Massacre
Depressing Rock (Instrumental)

"Mai Lai Massacre" is up tempo rock with a dreary tension and unbridled pessimism. It's completely unmelodic. This might be more or less interesting if it were not oppressed by the overbearing darkness and distortions of John Kerry's discredited tales of widespread mass murder in Viet Nam, and other political mung. Even the use of MLK's voice seems out of place, given his optimism for change.

Selma Riots
Depressing Rock (Instrumental)

"Selma Riots" is a slow and slowly expanding piece that's more mathematical than melodic. It's way more intellectual (as opposed to intelligent) than emotional. Its length emboldens its lack of change, leaving you not wanting to hear it again.