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Matt Hole and the Hot Rod Gang - Magazine Dreamdotdotdot
artworkMatt Hole and the Hot Rod Gang deliver very well played and arranged rockabilly for today, and occasionally add a few instros into the mix. There are three on this CD, most notably "Spanish Rice (Refried Mix)." Fun stuff.
Picks: Hole Of The Mountain King, Stoney Beach, Spanish Rice (Refried Mix)

Track by Track Review


Hole Of The Mountain King dotdotdot
Rockabilly Surf (Instrumental)

Edvard Grieg's "Opus 23" is done with surf abandon and cowboy coolness. Tortured glissandos, gritty twang, and an English sixties style attack on a piece of music often covered in the UK. It's much guttier than the Brit rock versions, but very reminiscent of them.

Stoney Beach dotdotdot
Rockabilly Surf (Instrumental)

This isn't very surf or even beach exactly. Surf elements such as no vocal and glissandos connect it, but melodically and tonally, it's modern rockabilly and/or roots rock. A long, echoed, and gutty glissando that's not really a gliss... just descending whole, sharp and flat notes double picked opens "Stoney Beach" The rest of the glissandos are the real McCoy.

Spanish Rice (Refried Mix) dotdotdotdot
Rockabilly Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering tone rings in opening chords, then a gentle beat and haunting island image wafts through the air. "Spanish Rice (Refried Mix)" is a really nice track, with whammy, soothing sound, and a lovely melody. Very cool!