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Dead Man's Curve - Surfquakedotdotdot
artworkJohnny Deadman delivers the goods with his chums on this, their debut solo release. It may be only a three song CD, but it's most satisfying. Their vision of surf is strained through crumpets and jazz and grunge and punk and whatever else their formative years thrust upon them, and the result is a refreshing variation at the fringes of surf. Charlie’s Point, which ended up on the Missing Chord compilation, is replaced here with an equally fine track called The Uh-Oh/Twango.
Picks: Surf Quake, Art Blakey, The Uh-Oh/Twango

Track by Track Review


Surf Quake dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cool tune with a simple melody line and surf sensibility. More chord driven than lead focused, but right in the pocket. Great track.

Art Blakey dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

A Beat Generation high hat leads into an atmospheric Art Blakey tribute with very cool-for-cats fifties beat sensibilities and surf whisperings. Mighty good listening.

The Uh-Oh/Twango dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a boss track. It's a heavy double picked assault featuring inspired playing and a big sound. Spy ethos and Spanish elements, plus ample energy.