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The Bad Beers - Zombies From Beyond The Surfdotdotdotdot
artworkYikes! Lots of recording distortion, heavy thunder, intense futurist gnarl, surf influences, reverb, and metal menace. Yup, that about says it!
Picks: Killer Wave, Spin And Roll, Spider Rocket Surf, Zombies From Beyond The Surf, Marvilsomente Amiga, Last Wave Of The Season, Surfing The Gauntlet, Russian Rocket, Condition Black

Track by Track Review


Killer Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rising echo slither yields to a fast number with dark bass and big rock snare drum. Reverb thunder and dangerous drama permeate the track. "Killer Wave" is not surf structured, but sure is steeped in surf guitar. Heavy, murky, and downright dangerous. Is that a near-Nik Turner sax wonking in the mire?

Spin And Roll dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy thunder erupts from the modern rock structure and melody through the vale of murky reverb drama. The blend of the two styles in "Spin And Roll" is pretty compelling.

Spider Rocket Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dribbling surf guitar splashes into what seems like a paean to Spider Man vs. Rocket Man. Its much more about patterns and intensity than melody or vision. Relentless and heavy.

Zombies From Beyond The Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A muted dry glissando and relentless rhythm pattern, along with intense semi-drone lead work seems to propagate a dank mechanized scene. Perhaps the "Zombies From Beyond The Surf" work here. Monstrous!

Marvilsomente Amiga dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Marvilsomente Amiga" has a warm intro with easy reverb chords and a sullen melody echoed for depth. While on the dreary side at times, it also is sort of post storm settling turmoil where the gray-green water is gradually settling down. This is a dramatic song with more surf appeal than most here, perhaps due to its melody and focus.

Last Wave Of The Season dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sea laps the shore while the lovely progression rolls out an island scene. With big rock drums and dark bass, "Last Wave Of The Season" is a desperado's plea in come-hither clothing. It's oddly beautiful and dark at the same time, in the way The Chills' "Pink Frost" emotionally was, though the song is not aurally similar.

Surfing The Gauntlet dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dangerous throbbing menaces your night. The density of the gnarl here is unmistakable. If Blue Cheer were a surfband, they likely would have sounded like this.

Russian Rocket dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With more primitive production values, "Russian Rocket" is also more melodic and rockabilly like, but features double picked danger. Dark and harsh, with compressed double pick rock guitar, pick slides, and more. Very high energy, with the sound of the underbelly of Austin's Big Guitars From Texas. Powerful.

Condition Black dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Condition Black" is a dank number with a threatening guitar line and wretched intensity. Like metal gone tubular, it is surely about the evil side of the breakwater.