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The Kremlin - Red Menacedotdotdotdot
artworkThe Kremlin is as far afield from mainstream surf as Space Agency/Vibrasonic, but they are completely different than that amazing band. This is very adventurous and powerful, with theremin and surf guitar melded in ways you've never heard before.
Picks: Joseph McCarthy Was A KGB Spy, Have You Ever Made Love To A Communist?, We Got the Clap From Capitalism, All Night Dance Party On The Russian Space Station, First Place in the Space Race, Danse Les Belles Filles Communistes, Modes Of Production, Going To The People, HUAC Made Us Name Names, Rise Of The Red Tide

Track by Track Review


Joseph McCarthy Was A KGB Spy dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Long howling feedback under McCarthy's words along with space noises bring on this thick space surf epic. It rips and shreds and charms. There are plenty of changes and layers of sound! The title is hilarious!

Have You Ever Made Love To A Communist? dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

"Have You Ever Made Love To A Communist?" is angular and dissonant. While big and powerful, it's more murky than cool. Still, there some shining moments. The contrast between the theremin, the feedback, and the surf guitar are quite interesting!

We Got the Clap From Capitalism dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Stinging whammy chords and a circular bass line, along with major chordage and thick sound create a dangerous flood of light and sound. The break is subdued and psychedelic as it develops drama and rises to a crescendo. Whoa!

All Night Dance Party On The Russian Space Station dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Electro tweak and theremin create a space image like Hawkwind on a surfboard. pulsing and heavy, yet sparkling with flashes of light like a sparkler in the night.

First Place in the Space Race dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

great tom tom action with double picked Russian melody lines in a wash of layered mayhem. "First Place in the Space Race" is dramatic and percussive, and the theremin and associated electro noises create a surreal image.

Danse Les Belles Filles Communistes dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Grungy bass and electronics drag big chords into the race before the double picked sprint begins. "Danse Les Belles Filles Communistes" is a aural menagerie assault and battery. The vocal chorus suggests The Neutrons if they were a whole lot heavier! Big chunk rhythms complete the soundscape.

Modes Of Production dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

A scowling theremin howl and sound effects yield gradually to an industrial dungeonous cavern of labor. "Modes Of Production" is completely off the charts, as if Kiss was a surfband in the 22nd century.

Going To The People dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Major electronic wailing is eventually overtaken by a light hearted surf guitar and rockin' rhythm track. "Going To The People" is surprisingly poppy. It gets thicker as the crescendo approaches.

HUAC Made Us Name Names dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Surf espionage in a factory land where machines rule and punks attempt escape. This is a fast shredder with no shortage of energy and layered murk. Whew!

Rise Of The Red Tide dotdotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

"Rise Of The Red Tide" is almost a regular surf instro... well, maybe that's merely implied because it's just a little less far afield. Double picked guitar plays an oceanic melody and theremin wails in the bridges. Splendid.