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The Bambi Molesters - Coastal Disturbancedotdotdotdot
artworkGet ready, 'cuz another country has fallen to the surf invasion. This time, it is Croatia. The Bambi Molesters have carved themselves a unique niche in surf, and are forging unchartered ground in that troubled part of the globe. This DAT is a seven song demo of all original material, 5 that sound like studio tracks, and two that sound like ambient rehearsal takes. All in all, I liked this as lot. It has none of the overbearing Euro instro influence many non-American surf bands have. They obviously cut their teeth on the Chantays, the Belairs, and Dick Dale instead of the Shadows. I'll be anxiously looking forward to a CD one day soon.
Picks: Coastal Disturbance, Catatonya (vibrato version), Long Gun, Hawaii Joe, C Alpha E, Wanganui, Catatonya

Track by Track Review

Coastal Disturbance dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Coastal Disturbance" uses a vibrato grungy progression, almost in a Link Wray way...ominous and dark. It's fifties discordant charm are unmistakable. Dark and brooding. Touches of that James Brown / Stax-Volt guitar sting adds a nifty edge.

Catatonya (vibrato version) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Catatonya" (vibrato version) again uses vibrato, but this time, it is shimmering and accented with pick slides. It is very pretty and mysterious, with very cool and different guitar parts that work well together...not interplay like Paul Johnson would write, but interplay like the Astronauts might have written if they'd had Paul as a mentor. Quite catchy and light hearted.

Long Gun dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Long Gun" uses some distortion, but has a clearly surf melodic quality, a solid double picked bridge, and an almost movie-like sense about it. It has an ominous yet light feel to it, with melodic island twang, and dramatic toms.

Hawaii Joe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hawaii Joe" is one of those tunes that hints of others, but still has very individual character. It lies somewhere between the "Hawaii 5-0" and "Latinia," and the Chuck Berry influenced riffs that the Beach Boys ripped off so often. That description does it no justice, but it has that sorta feel to it. Images of riders on storm surf in black wet suits come to mind.

C Alpha E dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"C Alpha E" is a mighty cool double picked surf number with an ominous yet light feel, lots of energy, and nice changes.

Wanganui dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wanganui" is an amazingly cool Orange County influenced number with great twang and a tad of jangle, a low-E lead line, surfy damped notes, cool drums, and a chunky sound. As with all of their work, it has a strong melody, and rates 100 on the infectiometer!

Catatonya dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Catatonya" is the rehearsal version of the second track, no where near as delicate or pristine, but rather an easy energy and edgier sound.