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The Evasions - Son Of Soifdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine album, issued in 1982 during the early eighties surf revival, now referred to as the second wave. It is a picture disc, with the most beautiful disc art of any release ever by Rick Griffin. The Evasions were among the earliest of the modern era surf bands in San Diego. They blended really cool damped percussive originals and obscuros. Originally a four piece, they decided to remain a trio after the departure of one of many rhythm players, making them the first surf trio on disc. The writing is rhythmic and melodic, and the sound is fresh and unduplicated, even today. The Evasions were Richard Banke - guitar, Dave Goodwin - bass, and Tim Rutherford - drums.

Vocals include: "Connie Rae" and "Weekend (Anchor In The Dirt)."
Picks: Son Of Surf, Evasion, Blue Wave, Over The Falls, Road Agent, Totally Stoked, Tuff Surf, The Cove, Wm. Tell Overture, Playa Raton, Nerf Bar Blues, Storm Surf

Track by Track Review


Son Of Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

They blended really cool damped percussive obscuros with rhythmic chunky originals. Originally a four piece, they decided to remain a trio after the departure of one of many rhythm players, making them the first surf trio on disc. This track is from their incredibly beautiful Rick Griffin picture disc.

Evasion dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's a fast dodge that allows you to evade, and that's exactly what "Evasion" seeks to do. fast and frothy, you can almost see side-to-side zigzag maneuvers. Pretty cool.

Blue Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a more rolling melody, "Blue Wave" dances like the sun on new break. Very playful and happy, with an infectious riff and cool break. Quite unusual.

Over The Falls dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening like "Run Run Run," this twangy plunky number meanders through a progression that challenges your sense of speed, making changes that mislead you into thinking the tape is speeding up. Just strange and jammy.

Road Agent dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a mighty happy trad surf tune, with excellent phrasing and damped reverb. Its rhythm is infectious. The tempo induces a need to find an open road. Marvelous.

Totally Stoked dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a more or less fifties progression, "Totally Stoked" runs like the wind through a coordinated noodle-fest. Much more about playing notes than a song.

Tuff Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This rockabilly based surf instro jumps and sparkles like a brand new ten gallon hat at a Texas barbecue. Bright guitar playing, and an infectious rhythm.

The Cove dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slow and silky number with crisp Polynesian whammy and an afternoon kinda melody line. The smoothness of the bass lines and the feather touch of the drums is contrasted against a crystalline guitar tone.

Wm. Tell Overture dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Classical gone fanciful. This has been done in the guitar instro form many times, sometimes with style, sometimes artfully, and other times with a grin. This falls into the stylish grin category. Entertaining.

Playa Raton dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Playa Raton" is a light chunk surf tune with a grin on its face. The percussive playing and rhythm are pretty cool, and the melody line is oh-so happy. A great track, with a sense of the fifties about it, but with its feet squarely in the modern world.

Nerf Bar Blues dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Nerf Bar Blues" is just what you'd expect, an artfully dodged blues in reverb minor. Slow and saucy, yet bright and twangy.

Storm Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Storm Surf" is an exercise in guitar note flash, which seems to be an attempt to mimic the chaos of weather waves, but doesn't quite get beyond the chaos part.