Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Los Coronas - The Vivid Sounds Of
|El Toro has done us all a favor by issuing this CD. It's made up mostly of the bands two hard to come by albums Los Coronas (1995) and Gen-U-Ine Sounds (1996), both of which contain some fine instro surf. Added are 4 tracks recorded in '97. The only other tracks from the band I am aware of are from their self titled seven inch on Animal.|
Picks: Racin' Sidecars, Rumble, 80 Foot Wave, Supertubos, Estacion Uranus, Twin Fin, Janas, Barefoot Adventure, Jungle Strut, Zero Break, Corona Del Mar, Gen-U-Ine, Choroee, Getrunken Express, Chila, Babylon's Surfin', Coronas Stomp, Anticyclon, Fugitive, Maremoto, Manic Hotdoggers, Amnesia, Terrible Wavers, Beach Trotters, Windy and Warm, Racin' Motorcars
Track by Track Review
Tribal drums thunder under a riffin' spy-ish song with a catchy rhythm and relentless guitar line. The continuous nature of the lead riff creates a nervous energy in "Racin' Sidecars" that hints at the dangers of the ride. Mighty cool!
Rock 'n' roll's godfather Link Wray gave guitarists their anthem, and hundreds have committed it to tape. This is a loud and monstrous take, with less emphasis on the sustained drama and more on the loud part. Big throb and trauma center action.
The Vaqueros' chunky "80 Foot Wave" is slowed a bit and reverbed to the max. Great glissandoes and twang ride atop a solid backtrack. Dueling guitars char the silence on this fine surf track!
Very cool raging drums and bass. The lead line is almost jazzy in a ringing blues surf sorta way. Quite nice.
Surfin' through the solar system to Uranus. The staccato melody hook & the whammy add up to an infectious track.
Cow surf hickoidal riders of the 10 foot face. Very cool surfabilly tune with a tortured guitar lead.
Polynesian gentle ringing tones and a beautiful tune. I like this a lot.
Very cool surfage. The drums pound and the bass thumps and the rhythm guitar is damped and so cool. The lead is very whammed and choppy. Infectious.
Bo DiddleySurf (Instrumental)
Bo Diddley beat and guitar riffs are the foundation for this very simple yet totally infectious track.
This has the feel of tracks that come from Austin or Nashville's fringes. A great beat and nifty guitar.
Desert island warm summer day quiet lagoon driftin' on a longboard and saronged female forms on the beach. Just a few of the images this conjures. Yeow!
Chunky melody line with really nice textures. More a progression than a melody, but it works well.
Wow! What a cool tune this is! Tribal beats and perfect! Quirky and endearing.
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.
Chunky, percussive chord-play, with glissandoes splashing in the background. This is surfy, but more grindy. Inadequate melody for a surf instro.
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.
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.
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.
A solid cover of the Lou Josie - Ventures album classic. Punchy and intense enough, fuller than either the ventures or Laika and the Cosmonauts.
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.
Big chunk, like post grunge melody music. It employs distortion and chunky chords, and some fine string bending. very high energy level.
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.
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.
Thick and garagy tune with a big boogie kinda feel, more big guitar than surf, and mostly big, not melodic.
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.
"Racin' Motorcars" is essentially a different take of "Racin' Sidecars."