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The Deoras - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Deoras are the trad surf project of guitarist Mickey Deora aka Mike Palm (Agent Orange), who is accompanied by Rick Johnson (Halibuts), Steve Birdowski (Jon and the Nightriders), and Shawn Ambrose. The music is trad surf with real reverence and the drive you'd expect from these fine players. While it's all covers, it's not your neighborhood cover band release. Rock solid performances from veteran players. This is a fine CD.
Picks: Hit Man, Fadeaway, Tortolla, Bullseye, Ultra Q's Theme, Channel Nine, Centipede, Penetration, Polaris, Twitchin', Good Cop Bad Cop, Skinny Dip

Track by Track Review


Hit Man dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a fresh backtrack, this venerable Dave Wronski (Slacktone) song takes on a whole new feel and presents new images. The near ska rhythms are a blend of Halibuts and rockabilly, contrasting to a pure postmodern surf lead. "Hit Man" was originally recorded by Jon and the Nightriders, and has been in Mike Palm's set for a long time, sometimes as Agent Orange or the Wipeouts or the Deoras.

Fadeaway dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very pretty track, with marvelous guitar presenting Polynesian chords ringing in an island sunset. Ah, the soothing sounds of Laika and the Cosmonauts, who recorded the original. Very nice track.

Tortolla dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This little number uses a melody line that sounds of southern Europe, with round guitar tone and an infectious rhythm. In its exuberance to capture the flavor of warm summer air, it nearly floats above an open ribbon of coastal highway. Great song.

Bullseye dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Right from the first great note, this fine track rules with pure surf sound and a rolling melody line. Infectious and pretty, rhythmic and melodic, and warm. The second guitar is a perfect counterpoint to the lead. An excellent track.

Ultra Q's Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Deoras have done a fine job on this Surf Coasters song. The surf and spy feel are a natural for the splashy glissandoes and great damped reverbed rhythms. A little dangerous and dramatic, "Ultra Q's Theme" sports great guitar work and a thrilling ride.

Channel Nine dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mighty respectful and authentic as Hell! The playing is fluid and the arrangement is quite trad, right down to the Hal Blaine drum licks. What a good version this is!

Centipede dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is easily one of the Halibuts' best tunes, and it's also among the best Deoras tracks. While pretty close to the original arrangement, the less percussive production gives it a softer richer sound. The great ringing chords against the dribbling lead in the bridges is marvelous. The reducing tempo at the end is a nice touch.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This cover of the Pyramids' "Penetration" is very surfy and reverent. Nothing new, just rock solid reverb laden first wave surf.

Polaris dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of my favorite Insect Surfers songs. Its fluid melody line and ultra cool rhythm guitar are most endearing. The Deoras make this sway with a suave pace and warmth that's quite flattering. A pure pleasure.

Twitchin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Steve Soest's original, which he does with his band the Torquays. More twang than the demo version he did in the early nineties. It is melodic, and the performance is spirited and energetic.

Good Cop Bad Cop dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Deoras do a gnarly version of Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet's most excellent surf tune. Way more ominous than the Canadian original, this drips mean surf and danger. Excellent job, lads.

Skinny Dip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Once a single for Agent Orange, this Halibuts tune continues to shine under the Deoras' magic wand. The playful melody is laid out with humor and trad style, closer to the Halibuts than the Agent Orange rendition. Grand!