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The Hypnotic IV - High Octane Pitstopdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Hypnotic IV came into the Pit on February 22nd, 2003, after a long series of begs on my part. It was well worth the wait. They played well with humor and wonderful speed and tone. These guys are a must-see band.
Picks: High Octane, Hotline, Que Hombre, Two Stroke Buzz, Jack The Ripper, Left On 299, Go Baby Go!, Runaway, Medley [Baja / Secret Agent Man / Mr. Moto / Miserlou], Peace Pipe, Dirty Bird Stomp, Carmela, Shutdown, Afternoon In Tunisia, Monster Swell, Murder On The Beach, Ant Attack, Special X200, Parasite Beach

Track by Track Review


High Octane dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The pumpin' surf of the frat party rocks the surf riff with the intensity of Fosters at a picnic. wailing drums and way cool reverb.

Hotline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pumpin' thunder rock pushin' the curl to the max. Shreddin' leads and great drums, with a groovy bridge.

Que Hombre dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Just like on their new CD, the Hypnotic IV double picked Spanish drama with surf splash in this somewhat Treble Spankers-ish song. "Que Hombre" rocks the Baja coast with tuff surf energy and great tone. Lotsa fun!

Two Stroke Buzz dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy duty power drives "Two Stroke Buzz." Solid and powerful, this drives the woodie hard with big reverb twang. great for an open highway. This track resulted in a broken string, and no wonder!

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Linkster's most rockin' groove is rhythmically powered and polished off with big loud twang. Lots of energy and power, amped with speedy glissandoes and great drums. The bass thunders perfectly, keeping the whole thing together, and the rhythm guitar likewise keeps a sense of sanity in this otherwise insane assault. Great!

Left On 299 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Left On 299" is powered by reverb chord chunk and a dribbling splashy riff. The solid surf beat and a fast double picked melody line makes this a perfect summer topdown drive track. Way cool!

Go Baby Go! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the title track to their new CD. "Go Baby Go!" features a sinewy undulating rhythm groove. The drums are wonderful, and the damped reverb riffs sparkle in a surf jam way. The "Wipe Out" break is a familiar angle that precedes the track speeding up. Big splash with powerful percussion.

Runaway dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Del Shannon's superfine "Runaway" is reverb and twanged into ecstasy. This is a mighty infectious arrangement, with outstanding drums and solid bass. Some verses are double picked like the Chantays, while others are closer to the Del Shannon original, and all are high energy and very cool. Excellent!

Medley [Baja / Secret Agent Man / Mr. Moto / Miserlou] dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This hard driving medley meanders the vintage surfscape, beginning with a damped and delicate arrangement of Lee Hazelwood's glorious "Baja" that's fresh and infectious. Next in line are a few lines from Johnny Rivers "Secret Agent Man," which amps up the medley a notch, especially with the heavy duty Dick Dale-esq double picking. Then, the Hypnotic IV transition into the Belairs' "Mr. Moto," which reverbs and shines in a reverent bow to Paul Johnson. The damped verse is particularly cool. It all ends with a firebrand performance of "Miserlou." Very nice!

Peace Pipe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a beautiful cover of the Shadows' "Peace Pipe." The ringing reverb gives it a more fluid sound, and the slow beat adds to the gentle watery flow. The damped reverb verse is spectacular even better than on disc!

Dirty Bird Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dirty Bird Stomp" moves gently in mid tempo and is on the lighter side, but with cool chunky drums. A really nice take.

Carmela dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Carmela" is amazingly cool! It's tongue in cheek humor and Greek rhythm add to the warm melody line. It's a wonderfully charming and catchy track, with nifty changes in tempo, which add a sense of the Mediterranean. A masterpiece!

Shutdown dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Shutdown" uses a variation on the "Boss" riff, reworked and twanged. Quite fun!

Afternoon In Tunisia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Afternoon In Tunisia" grooves in a more than friendly way. A bit of the middle east, a tad European, and very surfable. Chunky and very cool.

Monster Swell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I asked them to play this on a whim, 'cuz it's my favorite Hypnotic IV track of old. They hadn't played it "in eighteen years," and predicted it would be "a trainwreck." Well, it was and it wasn't. With a little creative editing, it worked well. I'm happy!

Murder On The Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Murder On The Beach" features dark and brooding lines with a dangerous edge. Heavy ominous themes, splashy reverb, and drama. Cool track.

Ant Attack dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The clock ticks off the remainder of your life with nightmare weirdness and moody danger. "Ant Attack" is rhythm dominated, yet it is quite effective, from the rhythmic arrangement to the power performance.

Special X200 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Special X200" is a solid surf rocker, fast and reverby, with power and splash. This is a great song for the long board and short board alike. Lots of energy and fast guitar lines.

Parasite Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More or less riff dominated, "Parasite Beach" is catchy and circular in a semi-frat way. This was a rockin' way to close out the set. The high point was the almost Gene Krupa-like drums solo.