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Buzzy Frets - Buzzy Frets and his Surfabilly Orchestradotdotdotdot
artworkThis is one of the truly unique bands. Buzzy Frets weaves influences as diverse as surf, hillbilly, jazz, and country into a new and fresh fabric. It's surfabilly, but a new kind. It bears no resemblance to the surfabilly of Snake-Out or the Meteors. This is surfisticated countrified minuet rock. Totally cool stuff. The melodic sensibilities are very strong, the sense of down home drama is exquisite, and the grin factor is off the scale. A great set of songs! The band disbanded a few months back, but is in the process of reforming now. Soon, Buzzy Frets and his Surfabilly Orchestra will be playing in a venue near you, and you must see them!
Picks: Get Buzzy, C.H.U.D.B.U.T.T., Kona Sunset, Caldera, Los Pedros, Buzzy's Day Off

Track by Track Review


Get Buzzy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A gritty bluesy edgie Memphis gutty guitar twang country wow-wow zamb bam! Enough expletives for ya? Cool tune

C.H.U.D.B.U.T.T. dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Buck Owens meets Tom Lopaka at the barn dance, takes him out back and wipes the yard with him. A very cool chicken bop number with a totally endearing backtrack.

Kona Sunset dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sleep walking the dog on the sands at Waikiki after a banana daiquiri, slow sinewy and cool.

Caldera dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a really cool song, with a gnarly low-E lead line that uses an intro not unlike that in Slacktone's "Lift & Separate." It has lots of different parts, uses great guitar tones, and blends them together to create a unique surfabilly track.

Los Pedros dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This wonderful track is long and fascinating, as it meanders through a number of styles that span the gamut of surfabilly, from surf all the way out to hillbilly. Very fun and infectious, artful and entertaining. Surfisticated hay burner harmonies via twin note lead ecstasy. This is my favorite track.

Buzzy's Day Off dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ridin' the turnip truck to the beach for the big "do." A really cool cowboys on hayrides song, fun and infectious.