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The Awkwards - Minimum Maintenance Musicdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Awkwards play fairly long songs with delicate and rhythmic guitars, very moody bass, and pronounced drums. Wholly original, surf influenced, and compelling.
Picks: A Little Bit Of Whoa, Number Munchers, Tom Samson Can Carry Two Conversations At Once, Tempo Shifter, The Shadows, Rising Star, I've Never Seen The Ocean

Track by Track Review


A Little Bit Of Whoa dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Smoothly angular and familiarly mysterious, and other seemingly incompatible elements undulate through this double picked surf influenced instro. The rumble of the drums and the melody riff seem to engage, and the production is very solid.

Number Munchers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Number Munchers" is a rhythmic, semi-dramatic, yet low key instro with a compelling sound. The very nature of the subdued guitar creates a desire to be engaged by it. Excellent.

Tom Samson Can Carry Two Conversations At Once dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tom Samson Can Carry Two Conversations At Once" is an excellent instro with a fine melody line and rhythmic appeal. On the dark side, and atmospheric too. Drama, mystery, and a sense of the frontier.

Tempo Shifter dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Brandishing a delicate guitar delivery, the Awkwards nevertheless create a kind of subtle power. "Tempo Shifter" does not shift tempo, but remains mid-to-fast tempo'd throughout. The break, while simple and low key, is somehow intriguing.

The Shadows dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A relentless bass line and very cool drums open to a nifty guitar riff. "The Shadows" is made very moody via the bass, and the whammy chords and delicate damped rhythm add a sense of surf.

Rising Star dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slightly sad riff evolves from bass to synched guitar, creating a link between the emotions of both. The drums add a deliberate pump to the song as well. Gloomy, yet very optimistic as well. The double picked lines shine with surf in mind.

I've Never Seen The Ocean dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A long howling, suggesting whale songs, and a beautiful series of island chords with shallow whammy. A cool island day with surf rhythms mysterious ambiance. "I've Never Seen The Ocean" not only sports an obvious title for a landlocked instro band, but a compelling sound of moody surf.