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The Dead Beat - SoundClouddotdotdotdot
SoundCloud hosts four tracks from The Dead Beat's album.
Picks: Ebb Tide, Shore Break, Sandstorm, Thou Shall Surf, Whet Beat

Track by Track Review


Ebb Tide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big splash and pick slide spunk, with a cycling melody riff. Well crafted, with borrowings from "Bat Man." Just fun.

Shore Break dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Modified line from Dave Myers and the Surftones' "Road To Rincon" follow an introduction right off "Miserlou." OK, but that doesn't diminish its cool factor. "Shore Break" is exciting and engaging.

Sandstorm dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Borrowing from The Surfaris' "Scatter Shield" at times, and accented with pick slides, "Sandstorm" is a splendidly cool track that surely could have been born in '64. Very cool!

Thou Shall Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Infectious and rhythmic, "Thou Shall Surf" is part sixties and part now. it uses part of the chord progressions from The Super Stocks' "Midnight Run" and The Original Surfaris' "Moment Of Truth." While these are obvious reference points, it's also different enough to stand on its own.

Whet Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very cool drum beat with some nods to Bo Diddley drives this almost tribal number home. "Whet Beat" is very original and quite fun. Glissandos, two interdependent guitars, and a splashy grin.