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The Infrareds - Infrared Pitstopdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Infrareds came in for a Pitstop on April 12, 2003. They specialize in VERY fast surf instro. That night, they raged full tilt!
Picks: Hava Nagila, Delivering the Microfilm, #1 on the Spectrum, The Umiac Mission, Celluloid Planetoid, Cruzin' The Coast, Walkin' The Thin Red Line, The Infraromp, Durango, Third Star To The Left, Untitled-brand new one, The Red Scare

Track by Track Review

Hava Nagila dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a tuff and gutsy performance of "Hava Nagila" the Dick Dale does it. Great double picking and great drums and bass. Fire, flare, and indispensable reverb.

Delivering the Microfilm dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little spy, a little Eddie Munster, and big drums. "Delivering the Microfilm" is a dark and chunky surf instro with whammy chords and a cool edge.

#1 on the Spectrum dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

fast and furious, "#1 on the Spectrum" rages at full speed across glassy walls on a longboard sound with short board fire. Great guitar work supported by rich bass and exceptional drums marks this fine performance.

The Umiac Mission dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked, damped plucking, chunky rhythms. Surf with a trench coat. A little too non-melodic, but the mean progression and progressing power surges work well.

Celluloid Planetoid dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Metalunas' "Celluloid Planetoid" is an interesting cover choice. Mark Brodie's writing is quite a match for the fire of the Infrareds delivery. Can you spell fast?

Cruzin' The Coast dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slower paced song for the Infrareds, "Cruzin' The Coast" sports an interesting chord progression and a melody that takes unexpected turns. The meander of the song couples well with the gutsy tone. Very cool.

Walkin' The Thin Red Line dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy chords and fuzz bass... "Walkin' The Thin Red Line" romps and stomps with punk energy and surf tone. Not exactly melodic, but rich and tuff.

The Infraromp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With an intro a little bit like the Woodies' "Midnight Ride," "The Infraromp" climbs to a fever pace and dark thunder. Power? And how! Solid chunk, double picking, whammy chords, and rumbling bass.

Durango dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ringing whammy chords speak of the Baja coast. The melody is very enjoyable and friendly, while the bass holds the rumble at the bottom in tow, and the drums adventure across the horizon. Great track!

Third Star To The Left dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Nocturnes' newfound classic "Third Star To The Left" gets the grumble surf treatment, with very fast firepower on the guitar. This simply rages, and the fuzz bass in the break adds a unique flavor.

Untitled-brand new one dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song is brand new, only hours old, and performed publicly here for the first time. While still developing, it's full throated and fast, with excellent drumming and solid bass grumble.

The Red Scare dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast, fast, and faster! "The Red Scare" is an intense surf rage with more notes per second from Rory Fortune's guitar than just about anyone, except maybe Brian Pool. Talk about fire below! This is an amazing performance!