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The Apemen - Are You Being Surfed?dotdotdotdot
artworkHolland's Apemen are one of the loudest surf bands around. They live in the garage, play with the big boys in the shorebreak, and pummel every competitor. Their recordings ooze edge and spunk.
Picks: Crash, Moment Of Truth, Cruisin', Invasion Of The Ape Men, Pipeline, Camelc*nt, Penetration, Crunch, Hard And Sole, Intoxica, Apes Of Spades, Arabian Beachstomp, Creature From The Haunted Sea

Track by Track Review


Crash dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Screams augment the raging pace as the Apemen pummel the Creations' ultra rare surf instro. Amped up with major edge and garage attack, this melodic and powerful tune is further enhanced by the loudest band on earth and their no holds barred approach.

Moment Of Truth dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Larry Weed / Original Surfaris' arrangement of this surf standard is assaulted, shredded, driven to the end of the pier, and stood on end. Yikes!

Cruisin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This semi slow original sports a riff like the Meteors might write. It's smooth and powerful, and employs thundering toms. The ringing guitar tone is enticing and dangerous. Shallow whammy hints of watery thoughts while cruisin' along the coastline. Thick and warm, brooding and foreboding.

Invasion Of The Ape Men dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf riffology dripped over an open garage door in the rain, thick and mean, with a lumbering break and strong drum work. Shreddin' hard, eating sand for the pleasure.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rhythmic glissando opens, yielding to a generic arrangement with power as the vehicle. The shallow whammies give it a dangerous edge. The thick sound and power drive tell of double overhead thrills found under the lip of the curl 30 feet above seabed. Extra cool.

Camelc*nt dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is not an unusual arrangement of the Saxons' "Camel Walk." It is a dark and brooding thunderstorm of vile thoughts of unthinkable diversions.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a relatively standard delivery of the Pyramids' "Penetration," until the third verse takes you into near Mermen territory, with excellent damped plucking. It comes to an unusual shorebreak ending.

Crunch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Crunch" is one mean surf tune. It's riff is friendly and in the pocket. The heavy compressed delivery is perfect for the melody. It may be mostly a riff, but it darn well grooves.

Hard And Sole dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Using the "Out Of Limits" riff as an introduction, this quickly becomes an unusual bit of surf riffery. It's a bit too unmelodic for my taste with it's two-note riff, but still it sports power and drive.

Intoxica dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bob Hafner's oft covered classic employs power to separate it from the pack. Lots of spirit, and thick sound. This alcohol drenched surf rage is is given the Dutch Crunch treatment. It's powerful, the Apemen shout and scream, and the reverb intensely quivers. This is among the hottest takes around, despite the presence of the expected live glitches. Where's my beer?

Apes Of Spades dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big chord riff rock, whammy spiced, thickly textured, and evil. This is not the Link Wray tune.

Arabian Beachstomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The opening riffs mislead you into expecting another arrangement of "Moment Of Truth," but you are quickly redirected into a speedy surf blaster of the garage variety. Powerful and fluid, big and punchy.

Creature From The Haunted Sea dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like an evil version of something out of Jody Reynolds' worst nightmare, this oozes danger and morose shadows. Excellent dark power, and simulated monstrous howling courtesy feedback and reverb kicks. Hot damn!