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The Hypnotic IV - Go Baby Go!dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the great new CD from Davis' incredible Hypnotic IV. It's been way too long, but then, it's sure worth the wait!
Picks: Special X200, Que Hombre, Two Stroke Buzz, Nitrous Overload, Ginza Lights, Dirty Bird Stomp, Left On 299, Peace Pipe, Go Baby Go!, High Octane, Afternoon In Tunisia, Carmela, SR vs. The Man, Parasite Beach

Track by Track Review


Special X200 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one solid surf rocker! fast and reverby, "Special X200" powers and splashes with fire and ice. Big surf looms on the horizon as the oblivious dodge and cut back on tight shorebreak. Excellent damped reverb and big chord chunk. A great song for the curl rider and hodad alike. The CD version opens with a kick-started bike revving up as the song kicks in.

Que Hombre dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked Spanish drama and surf splash cohabit in this delightful surf epic. In some ways, the writing reminds me of the Treble Spankers, but it's much more California than they are. "Que Hombre" is very cool!

Two Stroke Buzz dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Two Stroke Buzz" is a chunker of the first order, with the kind of structure and intensity the Apemen achieve. Solid and powerful, with 15" Fender sound!

Nitrous Overload dotdotdot
Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

With a fuzz and organ line that's inspired by the Blues Magoos groovy "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet," the Hypnotic IV pump out "Nitrous Overload" with all the garage angst of an impending frat party. Way fun!

Ginza Lights dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' cut "Ginza Lights" many moons ago, but with less reverb and charm. This is a surf rich take in mid tempo, with plenty of charm and warmth. Very nice track.

Dirty Bird Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dirty Bird Stomp" uses an slightly Indian riff with the organ lightly peaking around the corner. Mid tempo and on the lighter side, but with cool chunk too.

Left On 299 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Left On 299" is a great track, with lots of damped reverb chunk and a splashy riff. A great surf beat and a solidly double picked melody line, this is one of those fit to be cruised songs that's ripe for a top down coast drive. Excellent!

Peace Pipe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' beautiful "Peace Pipe" is often covered by the Shadows clones in Europe, but seldom by surf bands. The bongos give it an exotic edge, and the ringing reverb a round liquidity. The damped reverb verse is spectacular.

Go Baby Go! dotdotdotdot
Heavy Surf (Instrumental)

The title track sports groovy damped reverb riffs and a suave beat, and uses the "Wipe Out" progression mid stream. Big splash and powerful percussion.

High Octane dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big chunk and pumpin' surf generally of the frat party variety, with a rockin' surf riff and beer induced intensity. Gets yur attention, Fosters or not.

Afternoon In Tunisia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great damped reverb and intense twangage assault you as "Afternoon In Tunisia" grooves by. A bit of the middle east, and amazing intensity drive it home. An excellent track! No, it's not "Night In Tunisia."

Carmela dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song is entirely too cool for school! A bit of the Greek oom-pa rhythm and a very warm melody. "Carmela" is wonderfully charming and catchy, and brings joy to the ears. The trumpet is an interesting touch. The changes of tempo add a sense of the Mediterranean. Deluxe!

SR vs. The Man dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big loud intensity, rippin' fast glissandoes, and a nod to the Stevie Ray Vaughn battle with Dick Dale, brings a raging fire to "SR vs. The Man." Not many faster or more fiery, and great melody too!

Parasite Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More or less riff dominated, but catchy and circular. On the frat side structure wise, and plenty solid.