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Los Cobras - De Capellodotdotdot
artworkMichigan's Los Cobras first release is consistent and dark, but with a grin peaking out at times. It pays homage to vintage surf with simple riffs, but is not vintage sounding. A fine first effort!
Picks: Watery Grave, Edy, Astro Jam, Cobra Strike, Graveyard, Sunset Blue, Mastadon't, Jazz Thing, Venomous, Goliathon

Track by Track Review


Watery Grave dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf and rock and glissandos, a relentless drive, and some compelling ideas. "Watery Grave" has a solid melody and beat, though the arrangement is too unchanging. The stereo is almost mono.

Edy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Edy" is a fun little number that's very much in the Eddie Angel mold. Perhaps it's named after him, I don't know. Great vibrato and a very fun garage riff.

Astro Jam dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Astro Jam" is a very repetitious number, yet its glissandoes make it quite surfable. The break is quite garagy in melody structure. Fun and curl-licious.

Cobra Strike dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the somewhat angry side, "Cobra Strike" presents some danger and some splash, with a dark and memorable melody riff. The whammy dips mid way through add a disturbing edge. Nice track.

Graveyard dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Graveyard" sports a kinda goofy melody that calls up images of black and white B-movies and fifties spooks. Quite fun, and the stinging whammy chords punctuate the scenery. Way fun!

Sunset Blue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the edge of the continent, when the sky reflects the water as the sun sinks into the west, there's an occasional sadness of the day ending. "Sunset Blue" is that and more. A fitting grumble and moodiness paint a splendid picture.

Mastadon't dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The rhythm section plays one fun beat and sultry bass line while the guitar calls to risky business in the alley. "Mastadon't" sort of lumbers and undulates with a grin.

Jazz Thing dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

String swipes and a deliberate structure introduce a jazzy melody with a bluesy groove. The intro and subsequent bridges are great!

Venomous dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Venomous" is more energetic than the others here, with plenty of oomph for the road. It's simple and dark, with a captivating mood. Cool track.

Goliathon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a great title! "Goliathon" is moody and dark, with slithering glissandos and menacing drama. It's a thick and dangerous track for sure.