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The Boss Martians - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkEvan Foster's band is trad based and very tight, but their sound is relatively restrained. There are a couple of fine instros here, and a lot of garage vocals. He has a solid following, and who's to argue with success.
Picks: Hot Doggin', Straight Eight, Driftwood Beach, Martian Stomp, Storm Warning, Batman

Track by Track Review


Hot Doggin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Boss Martians do a fine cover of the classic Astronauts tune. It's more damped and rich, yet seems to have plenty of energy. Crafted with reverence, this is quite pleasing

Straight Eight dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavily reverbed, "Straight Eight" is a melodic trad track with a slightly noodly riff and an infectious beat. It features rapid drum and sullen organ under a thin-stringed but cool melody. It gets a little tiring because it doesn't change enough.

Driftwood Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is smooth, but a little too riffy for my taste. Flourishes of "Tequila," tight percussive rhythm, but with an unmemorable melody.

Martian Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bit of a fifties concept with reverb, like s frat stomp. hey, that makes sense. Not melodic.

Storm Warning dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An infectious beat and a melody reminiscent of the Surfin' Lungs, with a subtle organ. Chunky and sort of infectious.

Batman dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a nice little damped reverb cover of Neil Hefty's TV theme. The organ carries the chorus, and while it's not really a melodic tune, the Boss Martians do right by it. It's restrained, and someone's singing way down in the background...