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King Loser - You Cannot Kill What Does Not Livedotdotdotdot
artworkTheir second and final album (they dissolved a while ago). Much better recording than the first, and even more bizarre, using lots of surfisms and psych noise. King Loser are THEE most edgy & wonderful of all the NZ bands... way way beyond mere dreary pop, these geezers blend Davie Allan's Cycledelic guitar tones with stark despair and utter whimsy, and occasional splendidly grindy images of the surf. On this, their second CD, there's some spoken word over motor-revving guitar & Velvet Underground grind, intense spacie instrumentals, Echoplexed surf, cool moody sixties instros, lumbering Fuzz Sludge, saucy chanteuse silliness, a version of "Misirlou" the way Lawrence Welk would have done it had he ever discovered the drum kit & the big beat, and an NZ Depression version of Morning Dew the way Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra would have done it had they lived in Kiwiland. Now, that is the overview. As to the surf, there are two tracks here to play with. The aforementioned Miserlou, which features a cheesy organ lead over a Dick Dale style backing track, and Jungle Beat, which is a very rhythmic piece with Echoplexed surfy guitar. It's very spooky & cool.
Picks: '76 Comeback, Tribal Thunder Theme, Jungle Beat, Jungle Beat, Flippin' The Bird, Everything Is Forgotten

Track by Track Review


'76 Comeback dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Major thick guitars and effected stuff characterize this amazing instro. Some surf-style playing here and there, but mostly psych-based hugeness.

Tribal Thunder Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One could argue it was inspired by Dick Dale, but it's hard to hear any influence. Thundering toms and edgie feedback in a short number. I like it's ugliness a lot.

Jungle Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal toms and ringing guitar chords bring you to echoplexed guitar weirdness. It has a definite surf feel, but not so clear that it leaps out at you. There's shimmering guitar tones, and tribal rhythms. Quite cool.

Jungle Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal toms and ringing guitar chords bring you to echoplexed guitar weirdness. It has a definite surf feel, but not so clear that it leaps out at you. There's shimmering guitar tones, and tribal rhythms. Quite cool.

Flippin' The Bird dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"King Bee" stinging whammy and ample reverb guitar... what an amazing sound. It reminds me of the Index a bit. Think early Rolling Stones doing a surf instro with mondo feedback. Cool.

Everything Is Forgotten dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

If you used really effected guitars to do Irish folk psychedelic surf, it would be like this - ugly and endearing.