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The Dactaris - Wild Dog / Surfers Revenge / Elmstreet Nightmare / Paris-Dakardotdot
artworkFour garage instros in a crude and mostly under developed style, showing promise, but not yet delivering it. The tone is edgie, influenced perhaps by bands like the Kaisers or Thee Milkshakes, but without their charm, passion, or precision. What struck me most about this release was how long the tracks seemed in contrast to their under two and a half minute average length. The Dactaris had yet to throw open the garage door.
Picks: Wild Dog, Surfers Revenge, Elmstreet Nightmare, Paris-Dakar

Track by Track Review


Wild Dog dotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

This is just about the crudest version of the Nautiloids' "Nautiloid Surf" I've heard. It's always been covered as if Link Wray wrote it and garages were the only legal venues, but this is just crude. It's not very emotional, sorta sterile in a car port kinda way, like 11 years olds first pass at it, partly due to the sound quality, and partly due to the hesitant performance in some places.

Surfers Revenge dotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Well, when you use riffs from "Malegueña" tied together with an ultra simple riff, perhaps the title is an obvious pick. The crude recording doesn't help a minimal garage performance.

Elmstreet Nightmare dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

"Elmstreet Nightmare" sports a progression, fuzz vibratoed out, with little focus, but a mean edge and big twangy chords. The interplay between the guitars and bass is actually pretty good, but overall this doesn't carry my attention through the whole track.

Paris-Dakar dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Big garage twang, gutty and much more melodic than the other three tracks here, "Paris-Dakar" presents a mean vision of dissonant atonal danger, double picked intensity, and much higher caliber playing. The writing is more mature, and the throbbing double picked bass line adds a puling power.