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The Howlin' Thurstons - We Don't Need No Stinking Singerdotdotdot
artworkNew material from East Coast rock guitar instrumentalists The Howlin' Thurstons. This is much more evolved (as is surf music) than most rock instrumental music. Excellent arranging of guitar parts against really good bass and drums. We Don't Need No Stinking Singer is gritty and aggressive.
Picks: Lining Up For Latte', Dick Marmalade, Private Eye, Not For Nuthin', The Cartoon Song, Quintus Diriculous, Flight Of The Jailbird, Submunitions

Track by Track Review


Lining Up For Latte' dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Angular rock guitars play melody over chords aggro style with rock solid drums and bass. Slightly spy-like, "Lining Up For Latte'" has enough changes to stay afloat. The long abrasive tremolo grated pickslide is superb! Overdrive, feedback, and grode tone.

Knucklewalk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Knucklewalk" is all about textures. Grindy chunka chunka with a very regular meter and a one-note lead, aside from the bridge. making the most of minimal elements, The Howlin' Thurstons edge their way through this thick and intense track.

Called On The Carpet dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Delicate percussion and guitar alternates with gritty chords and sustain. "Called On the Carpet" is more relentless than I usually like. Aggro-grit for the cliffs above the beach.

Dick Marmalade, Private Eye dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big chords and distortion with slithering bass and excellent drums. Spies on parade in back allies! "Dick Marmalade, Private Eye" is very serviceable, with an engaging melody and gritty, aggressive tone.

Not For Nuthin' dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Circular lines rise against rock backing before launching into an almost stereotypical Asian melody line and exotic percussion. I only slightly liked this as it began, but about half way through, I realized I was grooving to the structure and grit. "Not For Nuthin'" grows on you.

The Cartoon Song dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Heavy chords, rhythmic churn, and a lite-drama melody do indeed suggest a cartoon theme. The abrasive textures of the lead guitar is compelling.

Quintus Diriculous dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Quintus Diriculous" verges on soaring. The melody riff here circulates and drives, and the big distortion adds drama to an already large track. Again, the drums are very good.

Flight Of The Jailbird dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Jazz high hat and a quirky spy line fluff over big rock chords and distortion. It speeds up for a more comical air, or maybe it's just disturbed. When it slows down, it evolves into sludge metal. Structurally interesting.

Road Rage dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Road Rage" is a heavy and durable track with a strong rock sound. The beak is very cool, and the energy relentless.

Submunitions dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Submunitions" has a sort of European rock feeling to it, with American gritty tone and attack. The bass is superb!