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Rich Hagensen and the Wailin' Daddys - Callin' All Catsdotdotdotdot
artworkTwo great instros are found among the primal rockabilly sounds of Rich Hagensen and the Wailin' Daddys. Rich Hagensen is best known to surf fans from his band The Surfdusters, and his involvement with Mark Brodie and the Beaver Patrol. Speaking of Mark Brodie, he's here on three surf-laced tracks with Rich under the moniker of The Monster Stalkers. Check this out!
Picks: El Ringo, Wailin' Wolf, Do The Sasquatch, (Don't Go To) Forbidden Plateau

Track by Track Review


El Ringo dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a rich (unintentional pun) cover of The Fireballs' "El Ringo," known in Canada by Wes Dakus' Rebels. It's perfectly executed, with the right rhythms and feel, and very good guitar work.

Wailin' Wolf dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Surf guitar tone, rockin' fifties progressions, and great piano. There's nothing about "Wailin' Wolf" that doesn't scream genuine. Splendid energy, great fun, and sparkling spirit.

Do The Sasquatch dotdotdotdot
Frat Surf (Vocal)

Mark Brodie's surf guitar fills the breaks and provides rhythm for this frat garage groove. Chunky and rhythmic, and ending with cool reverb crashes. Technically a vocal, the lines are in vein of The Novas' "The Crusher." This is way too much fun!

(Don't Go To) Forbidden Plateau dotdotdotdot
Frat Surf (Vocal)

Great surf rhythm and rolling piano, and gritty vocals about scary places. Mark Brodie's surf rhythms are very cool. This feels more the The Beaver Patrol than anything else, especially when you get to the instrumental break.