Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Los Coronas - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkLos Coronas have moved from their primitive single to as solid CD. They've distanced themselves from their drier Venturista sound and into a more trad surf sound. When I first put it on the turntable, I heard this huge sucking sound. I looked around, and it was ME being sucked in by the great hooks and wet guitars. These boys come from Spain, not known for it's big surf or surf music scene. Anyway... this is a good album!
Picks: Getrunken Express, Chila, Babylon's Surfin', Coronas Stomp, Anticyclon, Fugitive, Maremoto, Manic Hotdoggers, Amnesia, Terrible Wavers, Beach Trotters, Windy and Warm

Track by Track Review

Getrunken Express dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the second guitar is laying out a great driving rhythm, while the lead guitar delivers an intensely energetic melody line. This track is the kind of song you play at a 100 decibels with the top down on highway 1 on a summer afternoon. Great driving music, no doubt.

Chila dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky, percussive chord-play, with glissandoes splashing in the background. This is surfy, but more grindy. Inadequate melody for a surf instro.

Babylon's Surfin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool bass and drums, power driven flying double picked lead guitar, and major grind. This is powerful, but fairly unmelodic - more percussive and progression oriented. It's a cover of a Ruts song.

Coronas Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with Church Key whammy dips, this quickly becomes the sort of melody that Laika and the Cosmonauts would do, playful and happy, with a bunch of hot glissandoes, and plenty of drum-driven energy. Intense and infectious.

Anticyclon dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is easily my favorite Los Coronas tune. The rhythm section put forth a circular and very rhythmic thing that is the perfect counterpoint to the lead guitar's forlorned minor key melody line. Like seeing the house gone as the tornado shrinks into the distance, this tune creates both a sense of relief and danger. Very nice track.

Fugitive dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A solid cover of the Lou Josie - Ventures album classic. Punchy and intense enough, fuller than either the ventures or Laika and the Cosmonauts.

Maremoto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pounding drums, ringing guitar tones, and a whole bunch of energy. This is not very melodic, but it is perfect driving music, rolling drums and hypnotic lead notes make the whitewater lines melt together.

Manic Hotdoggers dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big chunk, like post grunge melody music. It employs distortion and chunky chords, and some fine string bending. very high energy level.

Amnesia dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slow and pretty track is fluid and moody. Like an ending credit sequence while the camera shoots a car from overhead as it drives away, getting smaller and smaller. Nice track.

Terrible Wavers dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is structure more like a garage instro than surf, and the tone is a lot more of that genre. More melodic than many garage instros, still mostly about power and energy rather than melody.

Beach Trotters dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thick and garagy tune with a big boogie kinda feel, more big guitar than surf, and mostly big, not melodic.

Windy and Warm dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

John D. Loudermilk's happy sappy tune, with more dark than laugh. The treatment seems somewhat at odds with the melody. The Neon Spores cover is more to the point. OK, but is it a cool track. Yes. If I hadn't already heard this by others, I'd have thought this was really cool, and so it is. garage surf playful and silly in a mean sorta way.