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East Coast Tremors - The Devil's Hotroddotdotdotdot
artworkI like most of East Coast Tremors material a lot. I think the mix and production values here limit excellent performances. Though powerful, the mixes are amateur with drums and bass on the right and guitar on the left in all but one case. The drum tracks are ambiently recorded. Just imagine if these four star tracks were properly recorded and mixed!
Picks: The Devil's Hotrod, Crowbar, Klopek, 18 Wheels To Nowhere, Breakin' The Law, Atlantis

Track by Track Review

The Devil's Hotrod dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The two guitars play off each other in fast attack. The melody is minimal and the riffs borrowed from The Scarlets' "Stampede," yet "The Devil's Hotrod" is a powerful and very cool track. The sound is a bit murky, but the energy comes through.

Crowbar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is pretty much a frat rockin' progression based number with relentless drums and one-level energy - all loud. "Crowbar" is punchy and raucous.

Klopek dotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

A spyish riff, great drums, espionage organ, and a surf-go-go structure and sound combine for a cooler than most ride in this particular genre.

18 Wheels To Nowhere dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"18 Wheels To Nowhere" is fast and sports almost nervous energy. The melody riff circles around and pleases. The arrangement is pretty solid. Some very cool moments here.

Breakin' The Law dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very big guitar plays a cool opening riff, but drops into a murky over-reverbed distortion line. The melody is very cool, and there's quite a bit of power here. I think the song is better than the recording by quite a bit.

Atlantis dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Atlantis" is not the Shadows' tune, but rather an interesting and fluid number with delicate muted reverb and island chords in places. The organ whirls while the waves shimmer via whammy. Ah... lead guitar in the middle where it belongs, though a bit low in the mix.