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The Bambi Molesters - Intensity!dotdotdotdot
artworkJust in time to re-ignite the fires of passion for the reverb, the Bambi Molesters have delivered another really satisfying CD of material in the style that only they can do. As before, you'll find exceptional balance between the lead and rhythm, between power and delicacy, coupled with melodies and rhythms that make you feel right at home immediately. There are a couple of covers, both quite good, especially the dynamite morphing of "Latiña."
Picks: Intensity!, The Wedge, Central Coast Swing, C Alpha E, Bikini Machines, Tempted, Napuljska Gitara, Avalanche, Golden Spike, High Wall, Chase, Invasion Of The Reverb Snatchers, Sweet Pot, Latin'ia

Track by Track Review

Intensity! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Intensity!" is a fairly mean and chunky track. The warmth of the melody is at odds with the rawness. The fine sense of the power of a simple riff combined with rhythmic chunk carries this through several changes. Excellent.

The Wedge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

King Richard's "Wedge" is fired off with some embellishment and speedy machine gun glissandoes, a sorta gentle backtrack and lots of energy. The delicate picking is high powered, while the relentless rhythm section delivers a solid platform for the hail of notes. More art than flash, this is quite a nice arrangement.

Central Coast Swing dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is just delightful. The melody dances on your senses, the rhythm guitar does the fast Pipeline thing, and the bas and drums carry a solid beat. The melody is very infectious. The title might imply the Central Coast sound of the sixties, but that is not the case at all. This is laughing, hearty, powerful surf in the Orange County tradition, with the playful sense of melody only the Bambi Molesters can achieve.

C Alpha E dotdotdotdotdot
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. This tune was left off of the "Dumb Loud Hollow Twang" album. This is not the same take at all, and is in many ways much more interesting, with a better balance of instrument use. Dig the excellent counter play between the two guitars.

Bikini Machines dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fantastically melodic and playful instro, with a ton of energy, and major doses of infectious agents. The melody plays with you, and the picking is fast and furious. A very good track.

Tempted dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tempted" is a gorgeous slightly Spanish tune, moderately paced, melodic, warm, romantic, and with a restrained intensity in the lead guitar that strikes an imposing contrast against the rhythm section's delicate support. Very cool.

Napuljska Gitara dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Who, this is cool. Mediterranean picking and feel, delicate sound, and a very playful melody riff. Like a cross between a Ralph Johnston (Unknowns / Garage Surfers / Quonset) or John Anderson (Bay Men / Eddie & the Showmen / Humans / Ed Hatch / Ninja Nomads / Neon Spores) rhythm dominated piece and a trip to Baja, this is both colorful and inviting.

Avalanche dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Flying across the sea just a few feet above the break in an open cockpit, you can just see the water sparkle and the palms bend gently in the breeze. "Avalanche" is a travel log for your mind. It seems to warm for an avalanche, more suited for a tropical excursion.

Golden Spike dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From a far away opening, we quickly find ourselves in the throbbing grip of vibrato, exposed to a perfect Bambi Molesters melody line, with it';s delicate guitar balance and infectious relaxing tone. Excellent track!

High Wall dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Wailers' classic prison break instro is amped up to a frenzied escape attempt. It retains the ominous nature of the original, while adding the watery grave threatening just off The Rock as the cons slip into the shorebreak. Very powerful - probably the best cover of this tune.

Chase dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky, Mediterranean, spiffy, sporty, fun for gremmies and hodads alike. Rhythmic and playful, inviting and very enjoyable. Not the Bobby Fuller tune.

Invasion Of The Reverb Snatchers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The tune of the original title for the first album, this is a readily identifiable Bambi Molesters style tune. Excellent writing and lead-rhythm balance, warm tone and sporty energy. Melodic and fluid.

Sweet Pot dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gorgeous and fluid, espionage on an island, warm and sunny. Sounds like a perfect forecast for a perfect listen. The shimmer balanced against the damped picking is splendid, both delicate and powerful in an understated way.

Latin'ia dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tommy Nuñes' (Sentinals) tune hasn't been opened with reverb kicks before, or played with intensity like this, except maybe by the Mermen or the Centurions. Really big, artful, cutting, full bodied, and powerful. Retaining both the delicate art of the original while overlaying huge screaming power is no easy feat. It's the power only hinted at by the Eliminators and the art of Jim Thomas, with the ax-management of the original. The Bambi Molesters do it effortlessly in a long and very satisfying arrangement, like it was their own original.