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The Killer Bananazz - Ocean Reefdotdotdot
artworkNine songs from Dutch garage-surf mavens the Killer Bananazz. The approach is full tilt garage, and the songs, mostly covers, are both respectful and updated style wise. There's no doubt Man or Astro-MAN? fans will dig this, and there's much more melody for the surf fans. Seven instros are accompanied by two vocals, a rousing garagy cover of Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' "Please Don't Touch," and a trashy version of the Trashmen's "SurfinÕ Bird."
Picks: Shockwave, Riptide, Rocketship XL, Miserlou, Squad Car, Transmissions, Engines of Difference

Track by Track Review

Shockwave dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Zorba and the Greeks' obscuro "Shockwave" is thickly delivered, with intense guitar and trumpet. The blend of fuzz, surf, and trumpet brings out interesting elements of this fine tune.

Riptide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Riffin' progressions and loud guitar drive hard for the night time. The guitar needs a little more variation, but the track satisfies, especially the trumpet and power-drive glissandoes.

Rocketship XL dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Blast off for a hard ride on the Phantoms's obscuro "XL-3." Big and trashy, powerful and intense.

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Arranged a la Dick Dale's "Miserlou Twist" sans violins, this is a straight ahead fiery performance, trumpet and all. Very trad arrangement, modern aggressive delivery.

Squad Car dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bad boy, bad boy, what'cha gonna do... oh, sorry. Eddie and the Showmen's "Squad Car" drives hard, like Eddie's performances from the eighties, nineties and new millennium. Lots of power and drive, and the trumpet is very cool as it plays a duet with the guitar in the last verse!

Transmissions dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another slammin' Man Or Astro-MAN? cover, with fire and brimstone, and peppermint patties for the kiddies.

Engines of Difference dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a live thrashing riff rockin' assault on tranquility. Much more about power and drive than melody, yet probably magnetic with an audience. Lots of cool changes and variations.