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Los Cataclismos - MySpacedotdotdot
Los Cataclismos are from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They are a trio with a strong and vibrant sound. These tracks are demos available on their MySpace, and some in aiff from SoundCloud. The mix isn't as complimentary as it should be, with guitar panned to the left, and bass and muddy mono drums in the middle. Lots of fire and potential limited by demo sound. I'd love to hear a well recorded album.
Picks: Besame Mucho, The House Of The Rising Sun, Bombora, Voodoo Ceremony, The Wedge, Piel de Tiburon

Track by Track Review


Besame Mucho dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavily reverbed swimming whammy chords open Consuelo Velasquez's "Besame Mucho." Then, double picked surf guitar takes over. The simple trio arrangement works pretty well, although it's not as exciting as it seems it could be.

The House Of The Rising Sun dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy, double picked, brooding, and very surf. Son House's "The House Of The Rising Sun" has been done a few times as a surf instro, but this seems more to the point. The tremolo breaks are very cool.

Bombora dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a strong cover of The Original Surfaris' "Bombora." It's sufficiently tuff and grode, with strong double picked guitar. Dark, and as heavy as the song requires.

Voodoo Ceremony dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Really ugly bass sound, basic drums, and splashy guitar. The melody is perhaps a bit riffy, but played powerfully. "Voodoo Ceremony" ends with a reverb crash.

The Wedge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a straight forward trio arrangement of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "The Wedge." Loud and fast, with some cool lines from "Malaguena" for a break. The drums are very good here.

Piel de Tiburon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy, and perhaps liberated from "Besame Mucho," this is fast and fiery. There are some really strong lines, and reverb crashes at both ends. Lots of spunk and fire.

Hawaii 5-0 dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pedestrian cover of Mort Shuman's TV theme. Played with power and volume, but it's quite pedestrian.