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Maremotos - Bailedotdotdotdot
artworkI haven't heard as much whoopin' and hollerin' from the band and audience in a long time. This whole set was recorded live in Lino's Bar in front of a bunch of very appreciative maniacs. Twenty five hot party surf epics all reverbed out. If this is any indication at all, they must be totally cool live. Maremotos simply must get into a studio and record a CD!
Picks: Tiki Man / Planet Claire, You Don't Scare Me / Voodoobilly Man, Thee Mighty Jaws, Baile, The Return Of Ethel Mermen, Hot Line, Psychao, Maremoto, Osama, Raining Blood Into Ma Johnson Meets Razorback, Folk Jovem, Revenge Of El Trio Los Bastardos, Surf Rider, Surfista Anonimo, You're Wondering Now, Hot Foot, Greensleeves, Incriveis, Die World, Runaway, Exodus, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, Bee Twist, Batman, From The Hypnotist

Track by Track Review


Tiki Man / Planet Claire dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ringing chords and catchy damped reverb rhythm precede Deadbolt's "Tiki Man," which has a very cool minor melody riff. Tuff rhythm and excellent surf credentials carry off this song. It moves directly into the B-52's' "Planet Claire," with its catchy progression based on Dick Dale's "Take It Off."

You Don't Scare Me / Voodoobilly Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"You Don't Scare Me" is a moody and slightly dangerous track with big twang and an excellent surf progression. Deadbolt's "Voodoobilly Man" is more of a progression than a melody, and a lot less interesting.

Thee Mighty Jaws dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Thee Andrews Surfers' "Thee Mighty Jaws" is competently done, with adequate grumble, but somehow lacks spirit.

Baile dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Maremotos play "Baile" with snap and vigor. It's a rhythm dominated rockabilly tune with the kind of spit and vinegar that the Cadillac Angels impart to their instros. Nice track.

The Return Of Ethel Mermen dotdotdot
Psychobilly (Instrumental)

The Meteors' song is done with full nod to England's premier psychobilly band. Big twang and great drums.

Hot Line dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hot Line" is punchy and fun, with glissandoes, big twang and rockabilly sensibilities. Aggressive and fun, with a soft break.

Psychao dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' rhythm dominated "Damaged Goods" is reverbed and splashed in an infectious performance. This song is not often done these days, and certainly merits more exposure.

Maremoto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Is this the Los Coronas song? Pounding drums, ringing guitar tones, and a whole bunch of energy. "Maremoto" is not very melodic, but it's solid driving music, with rolling drums and hypnotic lead riffs to make the white lines melt together.

Osama dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

You might have guessed that this would be Middle Eastern inspired. It's mostly thrashy chords and twang in a dark and angry setting.

Raining Blood Into Ma Johnson Meets Razorback dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark and dangerous, like cutting back and forth across break that's within feet of the rocks. The melody is gloomy like a stormy sea. "Raining Blood Into Ma Johnson Meets Razorback" is a hefty title, perhaps from various songs that inspiration is lifted from. Pretty cool!

Folk Jovem dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Post cowboy folk rage and middle eastern mystery over a rockabilly beat. "Folk Jovem" is a highly original and inspired song. Gobs of infectious energy, reverb aplenty, and a catchy main riff. Dig that groove, baby!

Revenge Of El Trio Los Bastardos dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Meteors' melodic psychobilly cruncher "Revenge Of El Trio Los Bastardos" is well suited for Maremotos' style. Tuff and spunky, with twang and images of the waves.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty straight cover of the Lively Ones arrangement of Nokie Edwards' "Surf Rider." More crunch and chunk, less liquefied flow.

Surfista Anonimo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rhythm dominated chunk with a splashy riff and glissandos. The structure is pure sixties, and the drive on the punk side.

You're Wondering Now dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ska and surf... it's "Pressure Drop" sans the vocals, with the band and/or audience singin' along off mic. Exuberant and infectious. The lead playing the melody would make this shine!

Hot Foot dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hot Foot" is a riffy number with reverb and glissandos. The melody is on the quirky side, and the rhythm fun.

Greensleeves dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Covered many times, "Greensleeves" is fast and pure surf, with glissandos and splash galore. The track is infectious and very cool. The arrangement is simple and direct, but very effective, especially the double picked verse!

Incriveis dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody line to "Incriveis" has an open road feel to it. It's a really nice choice, well suited to the reverb envelope. The crowd is goin' nuts! Great drums.

Die World dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big chords ring out to introduce "Die World." It's a solid tune with a catchy riff and solid rhythm section. Those ringing chords would be crystalline in a good studio situation. Way cool!

Runaway dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Del Shannon's high energy pop masterpiece gets a groovy reverb facelift. It's not the Chantays' arrangement, but rather more direct and true to the source. Quite nice.

Exodus dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Inspired by the Lively Ones' intense cover of the main title theme to film Exodus, Maremotos surf it up and the crowd goes nuts singin' along. Too fun!

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great damped chop cowboy rhythms under rich reverb guitar. The galloping drums and thundering bass are magnificent. This is totally cool!

Bee Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' rearrangement of Rimsky Korsakov's "Flight Of The Bumble Bee" is in fine form. Tuff and fun, with plenty of beer flowing.

Batman dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Neil Hefty's classic TV theme is all rhythm progression. Fun, but uninspired compared to the rest of these tracks.

From The Hypnotist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big twang and great drums, grumblin' bass and a rolling gate. "From The Hypnotist" is infectious and great for a top down cruise down highway 1 on an august morning in search of that next secret spot. A bitchin' tune and a spirited delivery.