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Los Cheatos - Mosa Surfarisdotdot
artworkHolland's Los Cheatos present a very aggressive garage brand of punk-surf with some bright moments and some under developed ones as well. Better recordings would probably move this from the punk based punk demo to experimental speed surf.
Picks: Gay Watch, Surami, Mosasurfaris, Project B., Phantom Of The Sushibar, Surferama, Thunderbeat, Silicon Valley, Run Chicken Run, Mach One, Surf The Beat, Intro Non Grata

Track by Track Review


Gay Watch dotdotdot
Angry Surf (Instrumental)

Hard driving anti social surf, thundering muddy bass and in-your-face volume. Dark and brooding, with growls of throaty anger. Yikes!

Surami dotdot
Aggro Surf (Instrumental)

Riff based aggro surf, big chord twango, punkoidal chunk, but not enough melody to retain interest for very long.

Mosasurfaris dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mosasurfaris" is like a reverbed variation on Armageddon's "Buzzard," with the same kind of relentless chunk and nervous-breakdown energy. Not melodic, but really intense. Wears you out.

Project B. dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The vibrato guitar slowly does a Link Wray thing, cool and menacing... but wait, that's just the opener. They launch right into a familiar progression with rippin' garage abandon. Lots of drive, but no destination.

Phantom Of The Sushibar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cool track, with a melodic riff and a slowed down midsection. It moves from the rush to get there, to enjoy your stay while entertaining the "Phantom Of The Sushibar." It eventually accelerates again for a high speed close.

Surferama dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

After you get passed the obscene intro, "Surferama" evolves from a slow intro into a double picked frenzy of garage surf progressionism and rumble power, pumped with punk-metal chords.

Thunderbeat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big fast power based progressional riff rock. It's thrashy and edgy, but not memorable without a more defined melody or the charm of Link Wray's minimalism.

Silicon Valley dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

So, is this titled after the cauldron of the high tech world or home of the implant? Either way, it's a a speedy thrasher, more about energy and chunk than melody, with raging drums.

Run Chicken Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Classic chicken boppin' stuff churned up 'til it scares all the chickens away. Not fit for any coop, more like a sloppy dirty version of the Toy Dolls.

Mach One dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

rapid fire double picked riff surf, mean and edgy, with flying notes and rumblin' bass. The primitive garage feedback adds to the nastiness. Pretty cool.

Surf The Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A sloppy garage interpretation of the core idea behind Dick Dale's "Surf Beat," with the chords, but with the lead replaced with a double picked thrashers serenade. It works pretty well.

Intro Non Grata dotdotdot
Punk Funk Surf (Instrumental)

"Intro Non Grata" sports a nifty punk-funk-surf beat and chord progression, with an odd destruction where everything begins to go backwards... very short and intriguing.