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The Daytonas - Quarter Miledotdotdot
artworkSweden has produced some mighty awesome garage bands over the decades since beat groups ruled the roost there in the 60's. Lars Kjellen tempted us mightily with the reverberating instrumental magic of "Valley Surf Stomp" and "Eegah" when he was with the Stomach Mouths (Got To Hurry Records). The Daytonas are his current band, and as you might guess from their name, they focus on surf & rod songs. This latest effort is half surf instro. The vocals are cool too, but you know where my heart lies. The overall sound is ambient and dull.
Picks: The Coffin, Check The Oil, Dare Devil, Surf Reveille, Mr. Eliminator, Surfer's Deal, Surf, Don't Swim, The Cossack, Voodoo Clutch

Track by Track Review


The Coffin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Coffin" opens with wind and a distant clock striking twelve. The surf rhythm pops right in. The negative is the voicings, much the same as the Swamis used in "Moon Buggy." Musically, it's a pretty derivative middle eastern theme, but still is infectious and pretty cool. The sound is marginal, but the band delivers a fun surf track here.

Check The Oil dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hot rods take off, then in comes the instro. The melody is influenced by Roger Christian's "Midnight Run," but not derivative of it. It's a nice track, fun and fluid.

Dare Devil dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dare Devil" is a dark song with evil fuzz low-E guitar and twangy surf second guitar. Together, they deliver a spooky sounding piece that demands your attention.

Surf Reveille dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A tinny trumpet heralds the wake up, then the band kicks in. "Surf Reveille" is a well developed surf riff number, with solid whammy. It doesn't use the reveille melody.

Mr. Eliminator dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A tribal rendering of Dick Dale's monster. The chords and keys are conflicting in a muddy mash of sound. Unremarkable.

Surfer's Deal dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfer's Deal" is a pretty solid surf tune, original and energetic. Good riffs, and arranging. You have to listen past the muddy ambient sound to get in there, but they are likely much better live than recorded this way.

Surf, Don't Swim dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The title hints of a "Walk, Don't Run" cover, but alas it's an original. A solid surf blast, like the surf garage bands of old. The power is lost in the basement sound.

The Cossack dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An energetic take of Jim Messina's classic track, but with the edge left in the den.

Voodoo Clutch dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whammy power chords and a neat little riff, with some really nice guitar work.