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Dead Man's Curve - Surfquake [advance]dotdotdot
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.
Picks: Surf Quake, Art Blakey, Charlie's Point

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.

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.