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Evan Foster - Instrumentalsdotdotdot
artworkEvan Foster (Boss Martians) crosses several genres, some more surfable than others. A couple of really fine surf instros, some excellent biker fuzz, and rock instros too. More surf please!
Picks: Hearse Full Of Souls, Drag The Dragon, Glass Packed and Fully Stacked, Venice, Late Night, Mouthbreather, Meanstreak, Cann Of Electrodes, Spy On Me, Where Do I Stand, Slidin', She Rides A Chopper, Surfer's Anthem, Embrujada, Primitive Art, Sequence Array, I. D. Crisis, Werewolves International, Rattlesnake, I Want Some Sex, A Familiar Unknown

Track by Track Review

Hearse Full Of Souls dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Heavy distortion chunk like a sub-metal instro, though the melody line is more espionage oriented. Thick, multi-textured, and pulsing with rhythm.

Drag The Dragon dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A chaotic no-quite-glissando opens this thick and aggressive instro. A bit like biker fuzz, but less melodic. "Drag The Dragon" seems like just a little more than a backtrack, in pert because it doesn't really have a melody, just a riff. There are some interesting elements, but it did not capture my attention.

Glass Packed and Fully Stacked dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Glass Packed and Fully Stacked" is a fine surf instro in the Boss Martians' tradition, with pulsing reverb chunk and a splashy melody line double picked beautifully. The open road is waiting for this one. Very cool!

Venice, Late Night dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

A slow song with with a meaty and chunky rhythm under a shiny guitar playing a haunting line with lush tone. The very pretty lead against the moody rhythm creates a hopeful sense atop a bit of danger. Adventure on an island at sundown. Quite nice!

Mouthbreather dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dirty guitar riffology, blues rock thunder, heavy riff rock like an old school metal anthem. Long sustained chords, and dramatic pick slides.

Meanstreak dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Meanstreak" seems to me to be a bit wanky, though I don't mean that in a negative way. It's just that many of the guitar lines are fitted with fan-blown metal hair. That might sound harsh, but I mean in an image sense, not in the wanking rock star on MTV sense. Perhaps saying that it soars and swoops with drama is clearer.

Cann Of Electrodes dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Not quite carnival, and perhaps Davie Allan-like, "Cann Of Electrodes" is a mighty cool aggressive rock instro with a sense of wind-blown motion, a run on that aging Harley down a curving coastal road. Very nice!

Spy On Me dotdotdot
Near Surf Rock (Instrumental)

dark thunder rhythm warns of danger, reverb on the rhythm says it's oceanic. There's no melody, but the rhythm is interesting enough to carry the song. Great drums, and a simple bass grumble hold up the bottom. I usually don't like melody free instros much, but this is pretty cool, though a little long. It fades out amid a fine drum break, making me wonder where it might have gone.

Where Do I Stand dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

An aggressive big-hall rock instro with more energy and assault than substance. Not melodic or memorable.

Slidin' dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Slidin'" is a light weight near-surf island party kind of song, with playful sounds and a happy pace. This is one of those uplifting pieces that inspires a grin, and is light enough to cross into non-surf audiences pretty easily. A very fun track!

She Rides A Chopper dotdotdotdot
Biker Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy biker fuzz a la Davie Allan, with surf rhythm and lots of fire. High spirited metal highway thunder, surf underbelly, and unbridled enthusiasm. Very fun and splashy.

Surfer's Anthem dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy surf thunder, exceptionally fine double pick rages, and no shortage of energy. The heavy rhythm below the fire in the lead are a perfect combination. This is what I like in Evan Foster's repertoire - he's very capable of real fury in surf when he wants to deliver it. Excellent!

Embrujada dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti (Instrumental)

"Embrujada" has a spaghetti western feel to it. Surfish rhythm Italian twang, adventure, and warmth. It's melodic and accented with the shimmer of vibrato. You might imagine the Hellbenders with more sustain and less reverb.

Primitive Art dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Slow pickslide danger, very tight drums (which are very well recorded), heavy riff rock, and the shimmer of vibrato combine to create a heavy duty riff rocker. A lot of drama here.

Sequence Array dot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dramatic sorta drum machine percussion, tweaky electronic sweeps, and a noodly guitar drone. "Sequence Array" is an odd blend of industrial-techno and rock. Way too repetitious for my taste, and the occasional clipped beats are annoying. It's a 4-track demo bonus track.

I. D. Crisis dot
Rock (Instrumental)

This 4-track demo bonus track is nearly ambient in structure, though it evolves faster. Spooky and haunting, but not very interesting.

Werewolves International dotdotdot
Near Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Big splashy rock that wants to be surf, with You "Can't Sit Down" riffs, and a carefree beach day sound. I can't decide if I like this or not.

Rattlesnake dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Very slow and heavy, "Rattlesnake" throbs with vibrato the way Robert Johnson (Bottle Ups, Punchdrunks) uses it. Big drama and danger inspired by Link Wray. Cool track!

I Want Some Sex dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A desperate demand for that which eludes the desperate. Riff rock that requires the chant to make it interesting. Heavy, but unremarkable.

A Familiar Unknown dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This 4-track demo is spooky, like Henry Mancini at Guitar Center, where every haunted technique adds to the mix. An interesting and dark creation.