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The Chantays - Deram RE-D 1397dotdotdotdot
artworkThis UK ep includes four tracks from The Chantays' first album. You can't miss with this band!
Picks: Pipeline, Tragic Wind, Blunderbus, El Conquistador

Track by Track Review


Pipeline dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is it. This track defined surf. It is the archetype! Paul Johnson once told me that when first heard this tune on his car radio, he said Whoa! Wha-at is THAT?, and pulled over to the side of the road to listen. The Chantays defined the classic surf line up, 2 guitars, piano, bass, and drums. Glorious first use of glissandos, first rhythm guitar dominance in the mix, and just plain essential.

Tragic Wind dotdotdot
Epic Surf (Instrumental)

This track is a bit odd, quirkily structured, and holds your attention. It typifies the melody wit of the Chantays.

Blunderbus dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Stop start abruptness and an unusual melody line.

El Conquistador dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Latin influences and a quirky jerky style make this a unique bit of surfdom.