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The Boss Martians - 13 Evil Talesdotdot
artworkThe Boss Martians continue to produce competent low energy performances on disc. About half instro as before, Boss Martians fans will dig it.
Picks: Hot Feet, Haywire, Outlaw Drag, X-2, Evil Martian, Double A Growler, Coffin And A Six Pack

Track by Track Review


Hot Feet dotdot
Fuzz Organ Surf (Instrumental)

Fuzz lead with organ and a surf guitar. A simple progression more suited to a backtrack. Almost too repetitious.

Haywire dotdotdot
Organ Surf (Instrumental)

The Pyramids' "Contact" serves as the backtrack with organ lead. Reminds me of the Tiki Tones, but without the humor.

Outlaw Drag dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An interesting melody, in a damped mix, with a delicate surf guitar sound. Restrained, but not dismissible... maybe even a little infectious.

X-2 dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Subdued lead, and a sixties studio session feel, i.e. The melody seems contrived and the playing is not particularly spirited.

Evil Martian dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cool melody and eerie sounds. A nice performance. It's tracks like this that lead me to believe they can't possibly be this subdued live.

Double A Growler dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cool moody feel with a gimmicky melody. It just doesn't stick after listening.

Coffin And A Six Pack dotdotdot
R&B Surf (Instrumental)

A dumb title, but a nice moody number with a surf / R&B feel to it. Not really melodic, but if the guitar was so busied in such a damped mix, it might be OK.