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Brazil 2001 - Fist Full Of Sanddotdotdotdot
artworkBrazilliant!!! Very edgie performance and oh-so arty cool salt water damaged sounds from the best vocal act since, well, since the Music Machine! This band knocked 'em dead at Humunga Cowabunga! Here's the scoop.
Picks: Shaved Ice, Double Overhead, Fog [interlude], Penetration, Should Have Known Better, Fist Full Of Sand, Aloha Oe, Haole Girl, Bikini Summer, Be An Idiot, Dressing Like A Girl, Cactus, Another Time, One Note Samba, Fog

Track by Track Review


Shaved Ice dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

An edgie rock number with a spoken lyric about a painful summer for a local boy cause by a girl (what else?). Lot's of cool changes and a big sound.

Double Overhead dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Thee best vocal tune in decades IMHO. I love this! It's all about the ocean as a female. The lip-buzz faux double pick is brilliant! I'm having this vision of decadent love, putting on my booties, putting on my gloves. Yeow! The glass finger guitar under Dracula's daughter is marvelous. Like the song says, Escargot with a golden tan, Brigitte Bardot in a 64 van!

Fog [interlude] dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nineteen seconds of what should be a whole song played solo on guitar... wait, it is a whole song, and it's on the last track. Thank goodness, I was having palpitations.

Penetration dotdotdotdotdot
Intense Aggressive Surf (Instrumental)

This is thee hottest version of the Pyramids surf classic ever recorded! I do not overstate! Tortured edgie maximum guitar, huge. This gets lots of requests on my show at KFJC. The guitar effects sleighed (intentional - pre-Xmas show) them at Humunga Cowabunga!

Should Have Known Better dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Punky Agent Orange influenced machine gun guitar and philosophical lyrics about being a man in a boy's world, or something like that.

Fist Full Of Sand dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Huge number that reminds me a bit of Killing Joke or Nineteen Nineteen. Max edge and cool glass finger guitar. B-man's soft lyrics seem somehow at odds with the music, yet curiously, that just adds to the draw of this song.

Aloha Oe dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

21 seconds of solo guitar softly swaying in the palm sheltered tropics...but I digress, or do I?

Haole Girl dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Major guitar edge and double picking and glissandoes, all to support the lecherous tale of an Island youth lusting after the rich young pale faced tourist. This song is so Bernard! :-}

Bikini Summer dotdotdot
Aggressive Surf (Instrumental)

Simple mighty hot progression that rocks & rolls. Way cool. The break is different and the whole thing smacks of "hey bozo, listen up." Very nice.

Be An Idiot dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Talking about nothing, blah blah blah blah. There must be more? Conceive of the possibility that ignorance is bliss. Conceive of the possibility that Heaven has no (guest) list. Yup!

Dressing Like A Girl dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

This is such a fun song. Very chunky & choppy, with majorly stupid lyrics in the best possible way. Too fun! Cross dressing without threat to the male ego. Where's my high heels?

Cactus dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Whistle (Instrumental)

On the strength of a strong recommendation from Allen Whitman of the Mermen, I invited Brazil 2001 to play for us at Humunga Cowabunga in December '95. They were awesome, and wowed the whole room! I used the intro and outro from that show, but the track comes from radio performance in early '96. This is a stellar band on their way to Billboard's top ten I'm sure. Look for a signing soon.

Another Time dotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Another Killing Joke-like soundscape about the joys of seeing former lovers suffer. Now, B-man, be nice!

One Note Samba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Antonio Carlos Jobim's little ditty became a monster under the gun of Bernard Yin's guitar. Bit's of Agent Orange and tons of energy make this work really well. It ends with a grand reverb kick!

Fog dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Here it is, Bernard's sad tale of an ex-surfer in malaise over being oh-so middle class. Could it be Bernard is having an aging crisis?