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The Bomboras - Savage Islanddotdotdot
artworkThe Bomboras are the band Pamita Neptuna founded with ex-Finks members, but left when the internal strife got too great (lack of dependability, etc.). This is a step up from their recent vinyl forays. They have down played the cheesy organ (thank you), and have a bit better sound than usual. The playing is pretty good, but they still get some cover tune melodies wrong, such as "Surf Party" and "Earthquake". They also violate two of my pet peeve rules... renaming covers to be cute leading everyone to think they are not buying covers, omitting writer's credits, and getting the melody wrong.
Picks: Monsoon, Knuckle Dragger, Lord Hunt Surf Party, Yacky Do, Slinky, The Hollow, Tortilla, Earthquake, Spanish Fly, The Creature From The Lava Lagoon, Camel Toe Stomp, The 7th Veil

Track by Track Review


Monsoon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Expecting the Chantays' "Monsoon," I was surprised by the fire in the delivery before realizing it has no relation at all to that tune. This is fast and punkie, with shredding double pick lead lines delivering a somewhat melodic riff.

Knuckle Dragger dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an organ lead number that is little more than a riff-jam with bits of "Shortnin' Bread."

Lord Hunt Surf Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an abominable rendering of the Astronauts' "Surf Party," with the melody wrong and the punch drained out. It has been reduced to riff surf. The lead guitar picking is excellent, it's just that the song is butchered.

Yacky Do dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Fireballs' tune is laid to rest by this lackluster performance. While suppressed like the original, it is lifeless and without character.

Slinky dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jungle tom toms and surf chords... no melody, no song really, just very cool ambiance, disturbed briefly by hot drums and ho-hum guitar noodling.

The Hollow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This organ tune is kinda pretty, with surfy guitar backing and a whirling sorta feel. The guitar brings out the primitive while the keys play a circus tune for an island afternoon.

Tortilla dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunked organ and subdued guitar under tight drums deliver "Miserlou" with the melody wrong. It's an interesting arrangement, with changes that span the surf fire and softer keyboard based feelings.

Earthquake dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Nobles' did this originally. This is pretty close to their arrangement, but with considerable less guts. The tune is rhythm dependent, and they rightly retain that configuration. Pretty cool.

Spanish Fly dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Spanish flair in the guitar tones, and much borrowed from "Latiña," this is an OK number, but a little too derivative. More an effect than a song. Still, it is a good listen.

The Creature From The Lava Lagoon dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The title is longer than the melody. This seems fit for a backtrack, but doesn't hold attention. It's a riff, not a melody.

Camel Toe Stomp dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening like Craig Cahill's "Surfin' Elephant," but quickly developing into something way less interesting. The riff never becomes a melody.

The 7th Veil dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Despite the title, there's almost nothing here that hints of the middle east. There's also not much to call a melody. The riff doesn't develop that far. The arrangement does have a few nice changes, but not enough to save the track.