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Boygroupkillers - Tarantino Tributedotdotdot
artworkThe former country-rockabilly trio from Hamburg with the unlikely name Boygroupkillers has turned to Tarantino tribute band. They approach surf with a more rockabilly equipment orientation and garage grit. Some interesting things here.
Picks: Surf Rider, Tarantino Twist, Bustin' Surfboards, Misirlou

Track by Track Review


Woo Hoo dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rockabilly reduction on the 5-6-7-8's trashing of The Rock-A-Teens' "Woo Hoo." Spirited drums, thumping bass, and modest guitar, and - oh yeah - chants of "woo hoo."

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pleasant cover of The Lively Ones' "Surf Rider" with less liquid and more drums. It works pretty darn well, though it's not as surfy as I'd like.

Tarantino Twist dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gritty chords and slow whammy chords with a surf beat and bass running down below. The melody line is dangerous and moody. Narratives about Tarantino are interspersed. An edgy tremolo guitar break and gruff glissandos, along with whammy dipped transitions add flavor. "Tarantino Twist" grew on me substantially as it evolved. It sure seems like it could become a big and ominous track with just a little more fleshing out.

Bustin' Surfboards dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

All the garage grit and Redlands garage edge are replaced by a lighter arrangement with cleaner sound. That's not a bad thing. "Bustin' Surfboards" in its original form is a monster. This is pretty cool, though the jam-break is a throwaway.

Misirlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy, dark grit, and spunk take Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Miserlou" out of power mode and into slither and grit mode. This arrangement may be lower power, but it does work well. With so many hot versions out there, it's hard to rise above fray. Solid and interesting, but not the real deal.