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Dead Man's Curve - World Catastrophe Generatordotdotdotdot
artworkFinally, a whole CD from Briton's DMC. Every track is preceded with a narrative, each being separately track marked. This is the best sound yet from London's Premier Surf Combo (self proclaimed). They have a unique blend of surf, grunge, and military chants. Not trad at all, but definitely fine surf instro power.
Picks: Lada Riva Special Edition, Watergate Wipeout, Sauza Gold, Charlie's Point, Agent Orange, Hawaii 5-0, Muscle Is The Powerhouse Of The Body, Night Of The Vampire, Sci-Fi Hi-Fi, Rumble, Blacktop Blackout

Track by Track Review


Lada Riva Special Edition dotdotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

Howling dark guitar thunder, cowpoke Hava Nagila sensibilities, and infectious rhythms. Chunky punchy and energetic. This has a huge sound. It's big, dramatic, and riveting.

Watergate Wipeout dotdotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

From the opening organ, through the thumpy bass and drums, and into the spy melody line, this is a thick and eerie track. Melodic and almost psychedelic. The swirling liquid lights and strobes seem inherent, but that doesn't mean it's really a psych song. It just has that kind of performance hall feel to it. Infectious and hauntingly interesting.

Sauza Gold dotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

A slightly western feel here, with a modern rock tone and melody line. Enough twang to fit into a spaghetti western set.

Charlie's Point dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Really cool surfin' Viet Nam number based on a scene from Apocalypse Now (as opposed to that budget classic Pork Lips Now). This UK band has a fresh approach to instros, and lead mouthpiece Johnny Deadman has a sense of humor a mile wide. Really interesting track.

Agent Orange dotdotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

A mean sounding guitar, with whistling organ accompaniment. The tribal drums and rhythms are great. It slows down in the middle for a twangy ride, but soon returns to a very cool spy ethic sound. This is a very nice track. The chanted opening lines are panned "agent" right and "orange" left.

Hawaii 5-0 dotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

Britishizing the TV theme, with big guitar tones, and ample chunk. The organ adds an element of distinction between this version and a thousand others.

Muscle Is The Powerhouse Of The Body dotdotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

Twango for weightlifters, surf for knuckledraggers, instros for the musclebound. You can thin of all the stereotypes you like, but only the title can be pushed into those corners. The track is chunky, powerful, and quite fun. It has fuzz, big edge, drama, and military oomph.

Night Of The Vampire dotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

Expecting an instrumentalized version of the Roky Erickson tune, I was surprised with something much more chunky and thick. Not very melodic, but with it's funky progression, it walks you right into that dark alley you were taught to avoid as a child.

Sci-Fi Hi-Fi dotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

What a nice track. The organ and guitar tones are complimentary, and the melody is playful without being silly. It's infectious, and smooth. Spooky dub stylee military chants open the track.

Rumble dotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

Link Wray's most recorded tune gets the UK monster treatment. It's huge and moody, but lacking in intensity. The variations in the second guitar work and organ chill provide a shift away from the just-another-cover label.

Blacktop Blackout dotdotdot
Surf Grunge (Instrumental)

With an intro that reminds me slightly of Armageddon's Buzzard, this is an intense track. Thick, and ominous. Not melodic, but with interesting note sequencing, and plenty of energy. Screaming tires and hauling raceway sound inhabit the middle break. All the nervous energy of the track is here.