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Ronnie Lake and the Men of Iioto - A Different Rockdotdotdot
artworkRonnie Lake is the lead player, back the the Men of Iioto as she plays thick rock trio interpretations of surf. These demos are more better than many sound wise, but the drums are still pretty ambient sounding. It's nice to see a female lead player. Her pacing is well metered and deliberate, like Eddie Angel fronting Chiyo and the Crescents on a sunny afternoon, but the effect is very satisfying.
Picks: Mr. Moto, Lurking In The Shadows, Penetration, Volcanic Action, El Surfico Del Toro

Track by Track Review

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Coming from a rock perspective, this classic Belairs instro is moderately paced and thickened up by stereo guitar. Much more rock sounding than surf, but not too far from the beach. Solid and very well done.

Lurking In The Shadows dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Lurking In The Shadows" is a semi-slow jazzy slinker with tasteful licks and full body. The edge and grin of the Los Straitjackets' original is retained.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Pyramids' "Penetration" is arranged somewhere between the way the Ventures tweaked it and Robbie Dunbar and M.O.B. blues'd it out. It rocks enough and is well suited for the rock interpretation. For a trio cover, it has a complete sound despite the absence of the rhythm guitar.

Volcanic Action dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eddie Bertrand's classy "Volcanic Action" has the reverb removed and garage edge inserted to fill it out. Very well adapted to one guitar, and quite spunky. Excellent drums and bass really amp this up. The rock guitar style seems a natural for the melody, and the whammy dips are cool to.

El Surfico Del Toro dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song is structured in the late fifties rock progression style, slightly reminiscent of Eddie Angel's sound, but thicker and more rock. maybe if Chiyo and the Crescents had survived beyond the sixties, they might have evolved into a sound like this. "El Surfico Del Toro" is an original from the pen of lead guitarist Veronica Aisawa. A pretty fun song.