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The Cannibals - In Bed Withdotdotdot
artworkThe Cannibals develop short surf instros in a trad style. The best track here is the last and most melodic, I think. Interesting and fresh material... looking forward to a whole CD from these guys.
Picks: A Joyful Evening At Cannibal Mama's, Slaught-o-rama, Showdown, Manhunt, Hot Rod Walk, Eat Her Up

Track by Track Review


A Joyful Evening At Cannibal Mama's dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Cannibals produce an short and interesting tune in a basic AB format. The riffs in the A part yield to a much more melodic B part. It certainly could be flesh out out to become a solid trad AABA number. That's just a comment, because it works well as is. Nicely written and crunchy, with lots of reverb and low-E growl in the A part, and fine infectious melody sounding so summer adventurous in the B part.

Slaught-o-rama dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chord jammin' big raunch reverb rockin'... The B part features flying double picked guitar.

Showdown dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Somewhat ominous chords and riffs give cause for concern to all who don't head the warning. A bit of whistling over a bass solo is a nifty touch. Unusual and pretty cool.

Manhunt dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reverb crash opens... nervous double picked guitar jams, bad guys growl, and then the rhythm runs away with the break. Splashy chase scene stuff.

Hot Rod Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A solid grumbly riff and big twang whammy, varied in drive and volume from verse to verse. The guitar-organ duet is nice, and even the organ solo in the middle is nicely done. Groovy track.

Eat Her Up dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Eat Her Up" is a melodic track with a debt to sixties pop and ringing surf guitar. Infectious and open road friendly, this flows with the natural rhythm of the waves and sunny days. I think this is the best of the set, due to the fine melody and more clarity in the sound.