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Killer Filler - Filler Up!dotdotdot
artworkNorth Carolina's Killer Filler are extremely tight and very well schooled in the art of the vintage Stax-Volt instros which provide a launch pad for their updated punchy sound.
Picks: Mallsville, Gogoductress, Gasboys, Mucho! (Mucho Tempo), Kiddie Pool, Suburbanite, Go This Way, Wild Trip, Fever

Track by Track Review


Big Bad Bike dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Heavy rockisms drive this sorta Davie Allan-ish biker number. It's more about the progression and organ than the dirty fuzz lead, which lives just too low in the mix most of the time.

Mallsville dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Mallsville" features a very nice melody line, and a good blend of textures and tone. The bell-like piano is a very cool offset to the lead guitar's bite. Quite cool!

Tintarella di Luna dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Nifty lounge club combo fun lives in this totally playful romp. Not a drop of serious here!

Morgan's Alley dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

great drums and funky bass thump under combo guitars and organ in this soulful riffer. "Morgan's Alley" is fun in the way sixties soul instros were.

Gogoductress dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

great spy whammy and tone, muted surf rhythm, and a haunting image dominate "Gogoductress." It is a very well done track, with many contributing layers of guitar lines and keys.

Gasboys dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Spooky keys and long guitar, along with throbbing tremolo, create a spy carnival image. Slightly goofy, yet very satisfying.

Mucho! (Mucho Tempo) dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Mucho! (Mucho Tempo)" is a playful number with the sense of easy joy that The Champs used to convey. No, it's not really Champs-like. I found myself coming back to this track more than any other here.

Kiddie Pool dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Kiddie Pool" might be the most 'normal' rock instro here, though that understates the coolness factor. There are times when the keys imply Johnny and the Hurricanes, and there's a spiffy glissando too, but overall, it's a well structured and executed pool-side treat.

Suburbanite dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The whistling organ takes the delicate rhythm guitar and twangy lead off the beach and into the cul-de-sacs of the Inland Empire. Then, in comes some very tasteful surf reverbed guitar lines to anchor it on the coast.

Jellybeanin' dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Surfish rhythms and whirling organ carry the song through its paces. Imagine if Stax-Volt was based in Malibu instead of Memphis... it's kinda like that.

Go This Way dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Sultry tremolo guitar plays a moody island melody against a vacation combo rhythm section. There are even some silky island whammy chords. "Go This Way" is a lovely track!

Wild Trip dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Wild Trip" is a percussive number with whistling organ and whammy chords. playful and fun, and very well executed. Twang and soul coexist here.

Bellzouki dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Piano and smooth guitar lay out a simple and fun journey. The delicate double picked lines are very coastal.

A Man Possessed dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Muted surf rhythm guitar plays a deluxe circular pattern under whirling Ventures In Space like organ melody. Part goofy, part groovy.

Fever dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Peggy Lee's "Fever" is transformed into a funky liquid play land. Very nicely arranged and played!

The Bailiff dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

this is all Stax-Volt soul instro with guitar fills and lead organ. The drums and bass hold it together as was always the case with Booker T. and the MG's. Quite fun, and extremely tight.