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artworkThe Bomboras came by KFJC one afternoon. They were late, called "lost" on campus, and then still didn't arrive for another half hour. Then, after a setup full of bickering, Jake knocked over his organ in disgust, shouting something about it not working. The other four carried on to play the only instros they could do without the organ. So, after hours waiting and setting up, KFJC's listeners were provided with four surf instros bashed out by the Bomboras.
Picks: Out Of Control, 80 Foot Wave, The Clutch, Moment Of Truth

Track by Track Review


Out Of Control dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a raucous cover of "Out Of Control," played with as much energy, but a lot less finesse than the Crossfires' original. Bashing and crashing through the song, the Bomboras demonstrated what frat surf is all about.

80 Foot Wave dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This ultra obscuro, originally recorded in 1964 by Midwest band the Vaqueros back in the day, is given a fair treatment, with edge and punch and reverb. With a "Have Love Will Travel" melody, it lives on the fringes of the surf sound. Gutty guitar and solid rhythm.

The Clutch dotdotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

A sampled introduction from a dragstrip album yields to a throbbing vibrato interpretation of the rhythm track to "I Wish You Would" (Billy Boy Arnold), but a whole lot less intense than that. Like many a late fifties Midwest B-side.

Moment Of Truth dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In some ways, this compares to the Original Surfaris single, and in others not. The edge and drive are spectacular, while the power and intensity of the reverb are less. A fine track, with frat surf crash and burn energy.