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General Bastard - MySpace-GarageBand-SoundClickdotdotdot
artworkThese five instros are culled from MySpace, GarageBand, and SoundClick. A couple appear on the CD, but the rest are mp3 distro. General Bastard are/is an original act with one foot in surf, one in metal, one in punk, and the rest in aggro rock. You might ask how many feet does General Bastard have. It would be two, but they accommodate many shoes!
Picks: Peter Gunn, Surf Bitch Surf, Thankskilling Theme, Vampiress, Veinte

Track by Track Review


Peter Gunn dotdotdotdot
Punk Grunge (Instrumental)

This is a heavy grinding version of Henry Mancini's song. In some ways, it's a homage to Davie Allan, but it's stylistically and aurally quite different. Dark, dangerous, and downright nasty. "Peter Gunn" is an aural mugging!

Surf Bitch Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is surprisingly more traditional than any of the other instro tracks General Bastard has cut. Whammy chords shimmer, a cool melody ride the woodie, and muted notes tell the tale. Maybe a bit spy-like, "Surf Bitch Surf" is a charming number in the AABA tradition.

Thankskilling Theme dotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Heavy, dark, drum boomed, and well metered, "Thankskilling Theme" carries a dangerous message. It's more riffy than I generally like, but there are enough changes in guitar delivery and rising drama to keep it interesting. You can imagine a toxic beach in post destruction world, or maybe the real sound of the cult classic Surf Nazis Must Die!

Vampiress dotdotdot
Punk Grunge (Instrumental)

Keys over dark drums and bass, with guitar gritting its teeth in chop chord sequences. Mid stream, the keys ghost-paint a haunted scene. While "Vampiress" is more about the sound than a melody, it is a monster of damaging proportions. Very interesting.

Veinte dotdotdot
Punk Grunge (Instrumental)

"Veinte" is a fast garage punk riffer with flying guitar lines and ominous energy. Loud and aggressive.