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The Astroglides - Fondling Withdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the second album from Israel's Astroglides. 9 great instros and 10 hardcore vocals with the defiant fatalism of the never-ending battlefield they live in. Unique and powerful surf instros from dark inside killer waves.
Picks: Open Up, Bat Yam, Dick Tracy, Mar Gaya, Simadadoosah, Romany Vardo, High Tide, Hava Nagila, Arab Bush

Track by Track Review


Open Up dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Punkoidally evil, this dark progression crunch-fest throbs and spews venom. "Open Up" is the instrumental introduction to the hardcore love anthem "I Despise Humanity."

Bat Yam dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tuff and like klezmer for a nightmare, "Bat Yam Stomp" pumps and pounds, and sports dark double picked guitar menacing the night. The theremin's howl adds darkness. Great track.

Dick Tracy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A long way from the square-jawed cartoon character, yet somehow appropriate. "Dick Tracy" howls and wails and surfs with low-E grumble. The detective searches for the bad guys in a sea of questionable. Double kick drum action, surf rhythm chunk, and a cool melody line.

Mar Gaya dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Randy Holden's incredible reaction to Dick Dale's "The Victor" is a natural vehicle for the Astroglides, with its already dark chords and relentless power. The band takes it from dark to pitch black.

Simadadoosah dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Damped surf rhythm and a middle eastern melody line, double picking danger, sand-dune slides, and darkness. It's very short and infectious. "Simadadoosah" plays with dangerous fate as if it was just another instrument.

Romany Vardo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A short sampled vocal source of inspiration with jaws harp overdubbed yields to a slightly yokel beat behind a playfully almost klezmer surf romp. The blending of hickoidal barnyard and traditional melody style filtered through reverb is irresistible. Very cool.

High Tide dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A dribbling glissando opens to a rousing theremin driven blast through of the Lively Ones' classic. About 30 seconds shorter than the original, this watery grumbler flails and shreds through barrels and white water with equal power. Excellent!

Hava Nagila dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Astroglides' version of "Hava Nagila" even sports the verse most bands leave out. Less than 40 seconds long, yet scrumptiously dark. Very cool!

Arab Bush dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More or less Bedouin in melody, "Arab Bush" bumps and grooves in a dangerous way, with choked and dribbled guitar. Most unusual.