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CHUM - Six Packdotdotdot
artworkThis CD-R holds six new demos from CHUM. There's still work to be done on the mix, with the guitar often subservient to the rhythm track, but the music is fresh and oh-so CHUM!
Picks: Tossin' Salad, J.A.P., Negative, Tijuana Taco, Day In The Sun, Tiki Time

Track by Track Review


Tossin' Salad dotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

"Tossin' Salad" slowly rises from a howl. Soon enough, the tribal drums come in and the bass rumbles below. Then, dark guitar chords out a choppy progression. More punk than surf, "Tossin' Salad" is a brooding and somewhat angry instro. It might more accurately be titled "Tossin' Coockies."

J.A.P. dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"J.A.P." is an intense and semi-traditional surf instro with a melodic edge. Rhythmic and dramatic, it seems like the guitar is too low in the mix, and kinda mushy. The song is a fine example of the power of simplicity. I like the active panning on the whammy chords. It's a song that's power centered. Rhythmic and dramatic, it uses its assaultive nature to drive the woody to the curl.

Negative dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A grumbly bass line brings forth drums and finally long tortured whammified chords that lumber before a slow walk to a gruesome end. dark and forbidding. "Negative" lumbers a slow walk to a gruesome end. Dark and forbidding.

Tijuana Taco dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spanish lace flows in the breeze of a summer afternoon. A tasteful bit of writing with a sad edge and wistful feel. The distant guitar is on the haunting side due its recessive placement in the mix. On this song, that seems to work.

Day In The Sun dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an interesting blend of modern Berzerkers-ish lead guitar with a traditional melody. The hook is original and endearing. A fine track with lots of potential.

Tiki Time dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dry chords stereo swirl a progression that's adventurous. "Tiki Time" is not melodic, but is so unusual that it really works. A solo guitar exercise with a completely unusual structure.