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Deathpod - Grim Reaper Beach Party Blowout! Pt. 2: Jodi's Revengedotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a really cool release. Complex arrangements, excellent writing and playing, and a variety of sounds that are nonetheless cohesive, and while not always relating directly to surf, most of cut right through the genre with power, emotion, and shortboard shore-pound drama. Not trad, of course, but very very good.
Picks: Board Wax, Spies Who Surf, Vallarta, Moonlit Waves, Barrel Roll, The Reaper Returns, Footprints, Pentagram Surf Boogie, Death Does Not Dance, Kicking Sand In Satan's Face, Leaving The Beach Alone

Track by Track Review


Board Wax dotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"Board Wax" is not very surfy from a rhythm or beat perspective, but it has an infectious two-chord progression. Melodically uninteresting, yet unusual enough that it comes out OK. At best, it seems to fit in the modern surfer music as opposed to surf music.

Spies Who Surf dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"Spies Who Surf" is dark and rhythmic, with long evil chords and chop patterns. Heavy surf in the dangerous shortboard slow punk vein, but more challenging than that. In some ways, it's progressive like The Mermen, but much punier than that would imply. I found this grew on me and brought me back. layered with thick washes and complex interplay.

Vallarta dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

This track seems to straddle the line between surf and rock instro, with significant surfable elements and a thick complex sound, but also is outside the envelope in many ways. "Vallarta" is a compelling number with lots going on to get into.

Moonlit Waves dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

"Moonlit Waves" slowly floats on a blue lagoon with a sad island sound and lovely melody. This is very visual and emotionally moving. Quite a nice track.

Barrel Roll dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

This is one dark punkoidal smash into the rocks! Writhing with dark chords and monotonous power, yet very surfable with angry glissandos and thick tone. Its relentless sound, wicked double picked danger, and tense distortion add up to a very threatening surf monster.

The Reaper Returns dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Long feedback gloriously floes, bringing on rising drum drama, and eventually yielding to a rousing ska-based number with long distorted lead guitar. "The Reaper Returns" is an excellent blend of surf and rock and ska that's very effective and compelling. Its infectious rhythm demands a topdown trip down 101.

Footprints dotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

A transistor radio tone guitar tinnily suggests an earlier time. Then, an engaging progression on near-acoustic guitar and gradually thickening wash support fluid rock guitar guitar beauty. "Footprints" ends up being very nice.

Pentagram Surf Boogie dotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Fuzz and reverb and moody melody lines hauntingly portray danger behind an illusion of comfort. This is a pretty interesting piece of music.

Death Does Not Dance dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

With a hint of The Sandals' knack for melody and summer imagery, "Death Does Not Dance" instantly captures you and gets you to swaying, while employing slightly dark tonality and note bending. I can't put my finger on why, but this song commands attention in a gentle but powerful way.

Kicking Sand In Satan's Face dotdotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Thick stereo chorded evil throb through muted chords and sub-metal post punk aggression. The double pick drama and writhing muted dry surf rhythm patterns and rising guitar intensity simple drag you along whether you want to go or not. Demented and powerful!

Leaving The Beach Alone dotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

This is a slow and slightly sad number that is suitably titled. Moody, somewhat distant, and hauntingly arranged and recorded. "Leaving The Beach Alone" gradually rises and falls through emotional levels and drama.