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Bufalos D'Agua - Oceandotdotdot
artworkThis is an interesting 1999 release from Bufalos D'Agua. They surely sound like no one else, with a blend of late seventies-early eighties punk, metal edge, oh yes, and surf. the album's sound is demo with flair, not lo-fi, but on the learning curve of instro recording. It's a very interesting and unnerving album. Imagine Captain Beefheart in a punk band at the beach in Venice (CA).

My copy doesn't have a track listing, so make up your own.
Picks: Ocean, Tsunami, Surfness, Sesamo Beach, Bufalos D'Agua, Hello! Bo Diddley, Ask The Dust, First Wave, Surf Desire, Wind and Warm, The Victor, The Pier, Untitled

Track by Track Review


Ocean dotdotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Instrumental)

Shore break licks the sand while the adventure of an afternoon washes the sun with melodic guitar lines. The guitar effects on this track are quite interesting, with a suggestion of sitar amid the aqua mood. The lead is stereo and attractive, while the rhythm and bass sit in the middle of the soundscape, allowing the guitar and drums to spread out some.

Tsunami dotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Instrumental)

Punkoidal in nature, but more melodic than most such songs. Aggressive and pumping the pogo atop a shortboard.

Surfness dotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Vocal)

Verging on a vocal, with a few semi-spoken lines, this is a moving song with an open road topdown feel. Lots of textures and unusual sounds, and a very pleasant melody line, accented by some nice glissandoes.

Sesamo Beach dotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky combo rock, distortion, stop-start herky-jerky action and horn side strokes take this angular, almost Zappa-esq piece into a strange territory. It's both comical and wistful, as well as serious.

Bufalos D'Agua dotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Instrumental)

Punky and melodic, frantic and dysfunctional, yet there's something attractive going on here. It's many miles from surf as you'd think of it, but the sea is just over the horizon.

Hello! Bo Diddley dotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Instrumental)

Thrashing a cool rhythm chop, with a thick wash of edge and brine. The bass is too upfront, but the dual lead seems frantic and emotionally on edge. It makes you nervous.

Ask The Dust dotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Instrumental)

With a sort of carnival riff, this song opens out to an angular and mentally disturbed sound that's both scary and interesting. A solid melody line and drama, and lots of edge, together in a sound that's reminiscent of early eighties aggro-pop.

First Wave dotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Instrumental)

With a sort of carnival riff, this song opens out to an angular and mentally disturbed sound that's both scary and interesting. A solid melody line and drama, and lots of edge, together in a sound that's reminiscent of early eighties aggro-pop.

Surf Desire dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A thrashy glissando launches this song, soon morphed into a sub-metal post punk grind. More melodic than the Torpedoes often were, but with similar energy and edge.

Wind and Warm dotdotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Instrumental)

Well, this is an interesting amping up of John D. Loudermilk's groovy "Windy and Warm." The big distortion gives the wistful riff an urgency that's at odds with the playfulness, creating interesting tension.

The Victor dotdotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Instrumental)

Intense stereo guitar assaults Dick Dale's fine composition. "The Victor" is very Middle Eastern warrior oriented in this pumpin' version. Very cool.

The Pier dotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very thick track, with a relentless eighties metal-punk attack and drama. Sorta like Sham 68 on a wave to hell.

Untitled dotdotdot
Metallic Post-punk Surf (Instrumental)

Slowly fading in, this seems like an angular rehearsal kinda jam that's just a glimpse into the back room. It goes, returns, and never rises beyond messing around, yet has a grin on its mug the whole time.