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The Irreversible Slacks - MP3 Demos 2004dotdotdotdot
artworkThe Irreversible Slacks have been around for a long time, and these MP3's culled from their website demonstrate just how far past due a CD is. Exceptional material, well played, and often very inventive.
Picks: Escape From the Haunted Mosque, Grand Prix, Hayride To Hell, Mount Slakatoa, The Island of Large Livers, The Wedge

Track by Track Review


Escape From the Haunted Mosque dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A big scream-drenched drama opening lumbers into a punchy and driven intro with big twang chords and a significant amount of danger throughout. Disquieting, uncomfortable, and very cool!

Grand Prix dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thundering drums and bass, flying dueling glissandos, and power. Splashy and very cool, with an excellent and dangerous melody. The angular and uncomfortable nature of the main melody is offset by a light hearted midsection. fast double picked splash and flash. Amazing!

Hayride To Hell dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A playful cowboy beat and circulating melody line, reverbed rhythm and racing drums... "Hayride To Hell" is a fun and bouncy song with a rich legacy of cactus and trail dust. Great playing throughout. In some ways, this song reminds me of Buzzy Frets and his Surfabilly Orchestra.

Mount Slakatoa dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Saucy sax paints a picture of blue moods over an exotic beat. Then, there's that heavy thundering surf guitar that fires off raw glissandos to bring out a nasty surf sax. Powerful and mean, with an interesting blend of surf and R&B. Very cool!

The Island of Large Livers dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and dripping with reverb, "The Island of Large Livers" is a kind of slow dance epic for late night romancing. Silky tone, saucy sax, and a sort of "Sleep Walk" feel.

The Wedge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Irreversible Slacks rip right through Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "The Wedge" like their late for payday. While it's more or less trad, there are lots of little variables that keep it fresh. The drums are letter perfect and fast as they come.