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The Dead Rocks - One Million Dollar Surf Banddotdotdotdot
artworkThe Dead Rocks second album is a strong release with a blend of styles from rockabilly and country to surf and rock. Very good writing, and some strong arranging too.
Picks: One Million Dollar Theme, Sonic Stars, Boogie Splash Crash, My Nurse Don't Wanna Dance With Me, Nicotine, O Milionario, Green Secret From Amazonia, A Song For The Future, Um Broto Apaixonante, La Terrible Maldicion de Tutankamon, Pais Tropical, Kamikaze, Delirium Tremens, Telephone Call

Track by Track Review


One Million Dollar Theme dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

"One Million Dollar Theme" is a double picked roots rock based number that straddles surf and rockabilly. Greta drums and solid energy drive it home. The melody riff is simple and direct, and implies a bumble bee frantically searching for its hive. Great speedy glissandos complete the picture.

Sonic Stars dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Biker fuzzy rage with a great melody similar to "Jezebel" rocks with intense energy and grode rhythms. "Sonic Stars" is a high energy number that's out front solid. Very strong!

Boogie Splash Crash dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

"Boogie Splash Crash" is a rockabilly boogie with a modern sound, but with roots in the fifties. Big grins and fun, especially when the ultra dirty lead takes over.

My Nurse Don't Wanna Dance With Me dotdotdotdot
Pre-Surf (Instrumental)

Great muted chords and an exuberant performance give "My Nurse Don't Wanna Dance With Me" a lot to like. It's very much on the presurf side, but with great modern sound. Jump jive with too much fun.

Nicotine dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Delicate tone projects this lovely melody, which is augmented with great drums and chop chords between verses. The break is part surf, part vintage rock'n'roll. "Nicotine" is a really nice track with plenty to offer.

Easy Job dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Rockabilly boogie rompin' rhythms and guitar riffs bring a big smile. "Easy Job" is a jammin' fun track.

O Milionario dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A really nice rhythm and beat, and very cool island chords bring on a misty melody with just a bit of sadness. "O Milionario" is easy moving, and it's not long before you realize you are hooked. The melody is sort of Spanish, or maybe gypsy, and the delicate double picked verse is dribbly surf. Wonderful!

Crazy Race Rock dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Raucous rockabilly rompin' and stompin' out a primal riff while the engines roar past. Lots o fire and energy here, and all the spirit that has come to characterize the rockabilly revival.

Green Secret From Amazonia dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

fast double picked surf leads above a rock backtrack and great drums and bongos. "Green Secret From Amazonia" is very fun and lively. High powered spunk and roll.

A Song For The Future dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

While double picked, "A Song For The Future" is half surf and half rock'n'roll. Dick Dale-like glissandos and endless assault. A big tortured string bending break temporarily relieves the relentless speed.

Um Broto Apaixonante dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Um Broto Apaixonante" is a much more relaxed track than most here, with a gentle gate and endearing two chord rhythm. The delicate keys add to the laid back feeling. The loud intense guitar in the break is a bit over the top intense, but once it drops into tremolo, the world is right again. There are several textural and lead changes here, while the backtrack's consistency maintains cohesion. This is a pleasant track that will bring you back.

La Terrible Maldicion de Tutankamon dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A great surf rhythm on the left is replaced by lead melody when the muted reverb guitar on the right takes hold. The rising drums and bass subtlety perfectly support "La Terrible Maldicion de Tutankamon" as it evolves. I think this is easily the coolest track here. Great whammy chords, liquid reverb, big twang, drama, and very well thought out arranging.

Pais Tropical dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Pais Tropical" is an easy moving, subtly grinning holiday song with gentility and no worries. It would be easy to pas this by, but it would be a mistake. Your patio afternoon requires this song.

Kamikaze dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A ton of spunk and high end double picked reverb scream surf above a surf beat. "Kamikaze" rocks and charges like shortboards running wild along the rocks tempting fate. It all ends in a reverb crash. Pretty darn cool. This is not relation to The Belairs' song.

Delirium Tremens dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dellium Tremens" is a quiet sea gently lapping at the sand in a far away land. It's a short interlude between tracks.

Telephone Call dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Modulated guitar leads an easy, if slightly ominous song. The mood is more than delicate, but the flow is unassuming. "Telephone Call" is the kind of track that you might not quite get excited about on first hearing, but it's a really nice track to drive to.