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The Denvermen - Stomp Feverdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine four song ep from one of Australia's earliest instrumental bands to adopt the surf sound, albeit the Oz interpretation thereof.
Picks: Stomp Fever, Ho-Dad, Surf City Stomp, Surf Patrol

Track by Track Review


Stomp Fever dotdotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

"Stomp Fever" was the first single issued after the Denvermen switched to RCA from HMV. It's launched by rolling drums and a menacing dry surf rhythm guitar and almost Atlantics' lead. Quite powerful and haunting!

Ho-Dad dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' sound abounds here, though slightly more gutty. The melody is almost spaghetti western influenced,... just a hint. Great drums and energy.

Surf City Stomp dotdotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

This is an interesting blending of the Shadows sound and the surf sound. Much more oriented to the Euro instro sound, it does have some of the feel of the surf. The guitar employs echo in lieu of reverb, and the rhythm guitar is dry. The drums roll and thunder. This is a great track, but not very close to surf.

Surf Patrol dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

This is damn close to the Shadows' "FBI." The melody is a bit different, but the backtrack is right on the money. It's not quite as fluffy as "FBI," but it is very friendly. Derivative, but enjoyable.