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The Kanaloas - Demosdotdotdotdot
artworkThis five-song CD-R is The Kanaloas first demo. It's in mono and minimally mixed, but it sure does beg the question, when will there be an album? These songs are very good. This is a natural descendent of vintage surf instrumentals, with the genre well understood and evolved from. A band to watch! I'd love to be bale to mix and master this band.
Picks: El Rodo, Jungle Fever, Quasimoto Stomp, Shark Attack!!, Torero!

Track by Track Review


El Rodo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine song. It borrows some from Larry Weed's "Moment Of Truth," but is also original and compelling. "El Rodo" is a great instro in the vintage tradition, with tom tom drama and a solid melody line.

Jungle Fever dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Playboys' "Jungle Fever" gets a traditional reverb workout. This is a fairly minimalist song to begin with, but The Kanaloas give it significant energy and charm.

Quasimoto Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Deluxe shallow island whammy chords, a very cool melody line, great drums, and perfectly supportive bass combine flawlessly in "Quasimoto Stomp." This could easily have originated in 1963, but alas it's an original. Excellent!

Shark Attack!! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark surf rhythm and circular melody lines, along with glorious chords mysteriously peek out from beneath ominous bass boom for a dangerous sound. While this is somewhat murky sound-wise, it's a superb composition and arrangement.

Torero!
Surf (Instrumental)

Moody and mysterious, "Torero!" drips surf! Dramatic and spooky, splashy and very surf, the song sparkles. Great interplay between the drums and guitar. Extra cool!