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The Invisible Surfers - Dogs Killa Catdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first album from the Invisible Surfers. The guitar tone is quite unique, both grodie and distorted, while also being almost delicate. The drummer is an excellent musician, and stand out on many tracks.

The Invisible Surfers are a surf punk instrumental band from Athens, Greece. They formed in '96 from the ashes of the Blue Jeans. The band is Alex Berekos - guitar, Johnny Ted - bass, and Giorgos Fokas -drums. In '97, they release their first single, "It Won't Last Forever." This CD was originally issued in '02 on vinyl on Hitch-Hyke Records. The album was recorded and mixed direct to 2-track in March 2002 at Action Studios in Greece.
Picks: Poison Pussy, All Wrong, Malaguena, It Won't Last Forever, Restlessness, Little Angel, Godzilla Attacks, Rumble, The Hunter, Machination, Think Again, Top Quality, Trippin' Out Of You, Witch Like You (I've Never Met)

Track by Track Review

Poison Pussy dotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

"Poison Pussy" is a progression driving a dark and relentless number with more mood than melody. It's commanding at times, especially in the midsection.

All Wrong dotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

With a cycling riff, "All Wrong" is separated from repetition by the drums and the register shifting of the guitar.

Malaguena dotdotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

This is a gruff cover of Ernesto Lecuona's "Malaguena," with the arrangement based on the Trashmen's surf classic, but with thoroughly modern tone. I think this works really well, with the darkness juxtaposed to the fluid beauty of the melody line. Very cool!

It Won't Last Forever dotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

This has a spy feel, like those semi-jazz things that used to occupy espionage soundtracks, but it's also much less melodic than many of those. The drums are excellent!

Restlessness dotdotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

Wonderful rolling drums drive this double picked slice of surf danger. More dark than melodic, but certainly dramatic. With a tuff edge, "Restlessness" commands attention and leaves you worried.

Little Angel dotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

This is a nearly playful song, with a fun circular melody riff that's memorable and enjoyable. The darkness of the tone is at odds with the melody, which creates an interesting contrast. "Little Angel" is quite nice, with excellent drums.

Godzilla Attacks dotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

Japan's signature film monster never bounced like this. While "Godzilla Attacks" is faster than lumbering, it's slower than the playfulness of the melody line might suggest. Great drums, grumbling bass, and a really cool melody line.

Rumble dotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's masterpiece gets an unusual treatment via the grodie guitar that sounds somehow delicate as it delivers those long-sustain chords. Heavy and rightly menacing. While this is not adventurous, it's very well done.

The Hunter dotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

With a punk drum beat and bass, and the kind of intense guitar lines that Luis Cenamo employed at times with Armageddon. This song stalks the silence with a never ending drive. "The Hunter" is oddly restrained, yet angrily aggressive. Great drums.

Machination dotdotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

"Machination" is a very surfable number with a dark grumble and relentless guitar line that's delicately double picked. It's not a firebrand assault, but nonetheless has that kind of affect, especially via the outstanding drums. The bass line reminds me of "Movin'."

Think Again dotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

This is one heavy lumbering instro. Long ringing distortion chords, a slow moody guitar line, and well-metered drums are supported by an almost subliminal bass line that contains the gloom of the track.

Top Quality dotdotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

Big drama and relentless spy-ish melody riffs over a circulating bass line and tuff drums. "Top Quality" is a moody piece with a bit of the blues and a cool break borne of sustain, near-feedback and magical chords, and a relentless guitar line. Again, the drums rock and the bass grumbles in perfect support.

Trippin' Out Of You dotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

This is a bluesy number with a minimalist melody line reminiscent of many classics, including the bridge to the "Wedge." It's heavy and dark, and relentless.

Witch Like You (I've Never Met) dotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

A cool and moody bass line opens to great drums and circulating guitar line that's not really melodic, but is commanding anyway. The double picked rockabilly style guitar break is interesting and flashy.