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The Intoxicators - Potentates Aidedotdotdot
artworkNine drivin' intros loosely in the Eddie Angel mold, but with its own flavor. Originals and covers alike are quite good. Relatively ambient sound is the only holdback here.
Picks: P.I.A.C.C., Theme From The Cheaters, Twin Peaks, Harlem Nocturne, Something About Your Wife, Swampfire, Diamond Head, Esperanza, Raw-Hide

Track by Track Review


P.I.A.C.C. dotdotdot
Garage Rock Surf (Instrumental)

This is a somewhat riffy, semi grindy rhythm dominated tribal stomp with big twang. It's much more about the mean whammy dipped notes than a melody. It's likely a crowd pleaser live.

Theme From The Cheaters dotdotdot
Garage Rock Surf (Instrumental)

"Theme From The Cheaters" has a circular riff that gives it a Henry Mancini meets Earl Hagen feel. Slightly menacing, with drama delivered via the drums. Maybe a touch of Link Wray too. It's a Southern Culture On The Skids cover.

Twin Peaks dotdotdot
Garage Rock Surf (Instrumental)

"Twin Peaks" has a jazzy flow to it, with a sultry melody and moody late-night on the docks sensibility. Pretty cool.

Harlem Nocturne dotdotdot
Garage Rock Surf (Instrumental)

"Harlem Nocturne" is one of my all-time favorite instros. Earl Hagen's amazing writing is just so flexible. This is on the jazzy and flippant side, as opposed to the vibrato drenched saucy side. About halfway through, it suddenly rocks out with speed and big chunk. This second half is very cool! Quite fun.

Something About Your Wife dotdotdotdot
Garage Rock Surf (Instrumental)

The wandering eye, or is it the curiosity that killed the cat? This bouncing and fun track plays with speed and melody, and in the middle, some intensely cool guitar weirdness. Chunk and tom tom powered.

Swampfire dotdotdot
Garage Rock Surf (Instrumental)

Los Straitjackets' nasty "Swampfire" is very nicely done, and it fits quite well into this set of tunes. It's more like Eddie Angel with intense whammy than Los Straitjackets, but that's just fine.

Diamond Head dotdotdot
Garage Rock Surf (Instrumental)

This is a gutty yet fluid covers of Danny Hamilton's splendid "Diamond Head." Lots of flair and fun, and simply really good listening. It's not rearranged, though the dry tone and edge give it a sound that sets it apart.

Esperanza dotdotdotdot
Garage Rock Surf (Instrumental)

This is a tasteful cover of one the few modern Dick Dale instros that seems to me to be well developed and written. The Intoxicators make it edgy, yet retain the Latin sultriness that is so essential to this song.

Raw-Hide dotdotdotdot
Garage Rock Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray and his Raymen's "Raw-Hide" is one of those songs that super simple, yet just can't be ignored when it's rippin' up the night. This is a solid cover with lots of edge and energy. Quite cool.