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The Arousers - Princes Of Penetrationdotdotdot
artworkThis British release (assumes a British band) sports some nice covers of surf classics, delivered in a punchy style with pounding compressed drums and trad reverbed guitars.
Picks: Penetration, The Grind, Russian Roulette, Cheela, Shanghaied, Blow Back, Road Runnah, Surfin' Crow, On The Beach

Track by Track Review


Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a solid drum driven cover of the Ventures' arrangement of the Pyramids "Penetration." Quite punchy and very surf reverby. Excellent.

The Grind dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

There's a super high plucking intro, and then a letdown with a riff rocker. No direction.

Russian Roulette dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty good version of the Nevegans' "Russian Roulette." Fine damped reverb, sparkling surf tones, and an infectious beat as required. The sax break is grodie and cool.

Cheela dotdotdot
Mexican Surf (Instrumental)

Influenced by "Tequila," this is bouncy and fun, and supported by reverbed surf guitar. "Cheela" is totally fun.

Shanghaied dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is strange cover of the Wailers' "Shanghaied." The guitar seems almost out of tune, giving this otherwise dangerous tune an off balance irritable feel.

Blow Back dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Blow Back" rages like the rod rocker it is. Great surf guitar, and a chunky solid beat. The melody is in the Hot Rod style, while the sound is much more surfy. The sax grinds out as period accompaniment, giving it a mean edge. Nice track.

Road Runnah dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Road Runners obscuro "Road Runnah" is powered out, with a more solid beat, but a less infectious sound. Solid and poundy.

Surfin' Crow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is quite a credible cover of the Jades' "Surfin' Crow." More surfy and reverby, and including the crow call. Pretty fun.

On The Beach dotdotdot
Riff Surf (Instrumental)

This original instro is pretty repetitive, more a riff rocker than a song, but it's energy and reverbed sound keep it afloat, as does the bass solo.