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The Eliminators - Unleasheddotdotdotdot
artworkI first heard LA's Eliminators on Tri-Surf Records' Planet Surf CD. Since then, I've played "Bone Cruncher" umpteen times on Surf's Up!. A few months back I saw them in Santa Cruz, and I was completely blown away! They were very powerful, authentic as hell, played gorgeous vintage equipment (drool), and had a delivery like none since the Original Surfaris! I had the opportunity to record them at a long board wing ding in Santa Cruz at the National Guard Armory. I also recorded them when they returned to Santa Cruz for the first annual Woodies On The Wharf. Leader Preston Wilson plays a great rhythm guitar, Joe Kurkowski plays a killer lead, Frank Hughes plays a solid surf bass, Doug Harlow plays his brand new drums, and Billy Swanson is the best vintage surf sax player I've heard in years, and I usually don't like horns at all, save for Steve Douglas' classic surf squonks on songs like "Banzai Washout." They understand the genre like guys who were there in '62, and they play like guys who are in a major hurry to pummel their audience. Incredibly powerful, masterfully performed genuine surf for the 90's and beyond! There is no more perfect an example of a vintage surf band recorded in the 90's!
Picks: Boneyard, Johnny's Noseride, Latin'ia, Chief Whoopin' Koff, Dawn Patrol, Rincon, Surfin' Spies, Doho, Moment Of Truth, Punta Baja, Bone Cruncher, The Lonely Sea

Track by Track Review


Boneyard dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pounding drums and heavily picked pure Fender surf guitars. This is a fast tune, full of glorious evil tone, and shredding picking like only a vintage surf band can. This is a mean track, chunky, very melodic, ominous, and very powerful.

Johnny's Noseride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a great melodic track with ample power and style. It's catchy, energetic, and very well played. This highly melodic and catchy tune is splendidly played by one of the most authentic vintage surf styled bands around. The writing is excellent, the structure is perfect, and the performance is great. The Eliminators write and play music that oozes joy and optimism. They are among my favorite modern trad bands.

Latin'ia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Competent treatment of Tommy Nuñes' gorgeous "Latiñia." It's not an attempt to recreate the original, which is good, because it can't be topped. It is accented with fine bongos, and employs beautiful Fender tones. Very good listening.

Chief Whoopin' Koff dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This cover of the Fireballs' tune is well paced, reverbed exquisitely, and delivered with longboard reverence to George Tomsco. Very fine track, accurate and energetic, and meaner than the original.

Dawn Patrol dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the great rhythm dominated modern surf instros. It's infectious as Hell, and will surely be a blaster when the top is down on highway 1. Pulsing vibrato, shimmering tone, and one of the best examples of how much power can come from a simple idea, damped guitars, and an infectious rhythm.

Rincon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pumped, bass thundering, tribal drum driven, and mean! The lead guitar line is powerful and ominous. Drama and towering tubes flow from the tribal thunder of this fine track.

Surfin' Spies dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a medley of spy flick tunes, as well as some original bits. Fun and entertaining.

Doho dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Silky introduction notes yield quickly to a rhythmic track, with sax lead, and guitars paying homage to the waves of Doheny. Nice track.

Moment Of Truth dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris' arrangement of this classic, enhanced with glissandoes and power picking. Nice track.

Punta Baja dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like "Dawn Patrol," this is rhythm dominated. It's Spanish elements are strong, and it's reverb is more present. It floats through the rhythm and the whammy, drifts into a dribbled double-pick, eventually arriving at a dramatic high powered screaming sax break. Very nice tune.

Bone Cruncher dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the first slapped note, this track simply pummels. High energy, fine writing, exquisite sounds, and infectious down-the-highway kinda pace. The big whammy chord break is really cool, especially where it yields to back to the prime current.

The Lonely Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Acoustic guitar, gentle delivery, artful playing, soft tones... it's all too pretty and dusk light romantic.