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The BoomSticks - Demodotdotdot
artworkThere are some fine songs here.. songs that are not on the band's CD. Why that is... I dunno!
Picks: North Shore, Murder Clown, Sancho's Mule, SPF, Sea Of Crisis

Track by Track Review


North Shore dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"North Shore" is a genuine surf track. Cruddy drum sound minimizes the drummer's performance. It's kind of riffy, but it's also infectious. The coolest parts are the glissandos that pan across the speakers. This is easily The BoomSticks best song.

Katia dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Katia" implies a Middle Eastern theme. Cool drums are distant and cardboard sounding. I liked this at first, but by the time it was half over, I was already losing interest.

Murder Clown dotdotdot
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Ska chords, a fascinating guitar line, punk drums, and thin sound. "Murder Clown" is a very interesting song needing a better recording. Plenty of energy, fun, and engaging ideas.

Sancho's Mule dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Spanish theme delivered with interesting reverb chords and excellent drums. Long floating bass notes create drama, as does the second guitar. "Sancho's Mule" is a really nice song just needing a better recording.

SPF dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"SPF" is way too fun. While derivative of several standards, the combination is pulsing, grumbly, menacing, and pure surf fun. This is a dark instro with a grin at the corner of its mouth.

Sea Of Crisis dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow, gentle shimmer, with an eerie sound. "Sea Of Crisis" is downright sad, as if it is an island dirge. Very moody and unhappy, yet there is a sense of a coming dawn.

Chupacabra dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Crude mono sound from what must be a rehearsal. "Chupacabra" is all grumbly chunk and not much melody. The main riff cycles, but is not really engaging at all.

The City Of DEAD Children dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"The City Of DEAD Children" is a slow moving song in a trio arrangement. The sparseness of the arrangement makes the poor drum sound stand out. It's interesting briefly, but quickly fades from attention.

El Nino dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Crude mono sound and rough playing suggest this is just a rehearsal recording. The melody line is OK. The trio arrangement is refreshing after the chaos of the overdubbed tracks.

Rumble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lo-fi garage recording of Link Wray and his Raymen's "Rumble." Relatively uninspired. They do get the rising tremolo right at the end, until it falls apart.