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The Deadbeats - Day Of The Deadbeatsdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a stunningly strong first issue. Very good production values, strong writing, arranging, and playing, and a very powerful sound. The Deadbeats are very good live, and translate really well to recording. Aces all around!
Picks: Gooch In Space, Knuckle Sandwich, Hagbelly, Karabasan, Dark March, Janky Jank, Obey

Track by Track Review


Gooch In Space dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Power whammy and rolling tom toms, with a giant and dangerous sound, accented by reverb crashes. "Gooch In Space" is a loud and ferocious track. The break is superb, with lovely tone and fine riff. Excellent!

Knuckle Sandwich dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big, powerful, and loaded wit great drums, "Knuckle Sandwich" sports deluxe guitar work and bass. Fast, precise, exciting, and the sort of thing that will bring you back.

Hagbelly dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark double picked roughage, with big chord jangle and a superb rhythm section. Hagbelly" is melodic in the way "Mar Gaya" is. Compelling and powerful, with a decidedly dark sound. Yikes!

Karabasan dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy, hard charging, slightly Mediterranean, and powerful. The guitars shred, double pocking both lead and a dark counter melody. This is a monster, with flying glissandos and a tone of energy.

Dark March dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A march beat and engaging bass line supports a splendid melody with an upbeat vision. Then, the pace doubles and the beat changes to a modified surf beat. It takes on a bit of a Mediterranean feeling. Dropping back to the march, you begin ti understand the the title as it seems to refer to dark events a half-century ago.

Janky Jank dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Splashy ska rhythms and an infectious melody ride on pumping bass and raucous drums. Fast double picked enthusiasm with great drums. "Janky Jank" is all fun!

Obey dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the dramatic ominous side, "Obey" demands attention. Strong drums, a dangerous "Mar Gaya"-ish lead guitar, and major energy and power. This is one monster track, with big splash and excellent arranging.