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The Hollow Grinders - Live FMdotdotdotdot
artworkThis live cassette is badly mixed, but it is a great document of one aggressive and dynamic New Zealand band. The sessions were from a radio broadcast in April, 1997. The band is excellent. Most of the tunes are originals.
Picks: Hollow Grinder, Cyclone Biff, Surfari, Boom Finder, Ghost In The Surf, Piha Death-Rip, Repo Man

Track by Track Review


Hollow Grinder dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hollow Grinder" is a driven riff rocker with an intense edge and postmodern surf feel. One wonders what might happen if this was cut in a good studio. It's pretty cool, and while not very melodic, it shreds mightily.

Cyclone Biff dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Here we find a crunchy number with a tasty little progression and a more surfy structure. Solid drive and a small combo feel, with intense guitar. The break is really cool.

Surfari dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Original Surfaris' "Surfari" is given the grodie treatment in this performance. The meter is a little off, but the drive and intent are there. Like the others here, a decent recording would make all the difference in the world.

Boom Finder dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This "Peter Gunn"-ish number thunders across the horizon like an outsider. It's very cool delayed double picking gives it a different feel.

Ghost In The Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moody and slow, with delayed guitar. The melody line is very good, as is arrangement. "Ghost In The Surf" floats just below the surface like a specter of the tube, lying in wait for the next rider to fall. Slightly sad, and most enjoyable.

Piha Death-Rip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

New Zealand's best kept secret, power surge this instro with both surf and garage tones, and an awesome power. Buzzing it's way through the crowd, this rises to the challenge with intense Marshall-like distorto-verb. It sports a melodic progression with a mean attack and dark message. The discordant crashing end is extra swell.

Repo Man dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

New Zealand's only surf instro band at the moment, the Hollow Grinders have an edgie approach to surf. This track shows their chunk twangage just fine. The only other band that has done "Repo Man" that I'm aware of was an Agent Orange clone from Sunnyvale, California alternately called the Thrusters (not the Santa Cruz band) and Public Safety. This version is full and fun.