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The Mighty Surf Lords - Mental Surfdotdotdotdot
artworkIn some ways, The Mighty Surf Lords reminds me of Frank Novicki's Guitar Junkpile, but with a little less Link and a little more surf. The sound sometimes has that saturated Fender Mustang through an Fender reverb tank into an aging Fender Showman tone, while at other times floats prettily upon a drifting raft. Excellent set.
Picks: Mr. Spy, Red Tide, Cut-n-Dry, Rainy Day Beach, Surfin' El Nino, Mysties' Sunset, Roller Derby, Wet Planet

Track by Track Review

Mr. Spy dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Crunchy seductive big whammy dipped power thrust surf, with major drum drive and bass pump. The riff is a bit repetitive, somewhat frat like, but the energy is very high, and there are enough changes to make this work quite well.

Red Tide dotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra crunch saturated surf guitar, riff oriented, with punkoidal drive and intense edge. In some ways, this has the drive of a Frank Novicki rage, especially in the guitar tone, which is essentially saturated Mustang-Showman-Outboard. It's an interesting track.

Cut-n-Dry dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

As the surf rolls in, the guitar kicks off with a gritty glissando before easing into the melody riff. Lots of crunch with a decent riff, and some darn intense whammy and pick slides. Cool tune.

Rainy Day Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thunder and rainfall, umbrellas required. Yes, the weather is slow and moody, just like this fine track. It's picturesque, melancholy, dramatic, and deliberate, yet fluid and grode. Quite a nice change from the rest here, and a fine alternative to other slow surf tunes out there.

Surfin' El Nino dotdotdot
Rainy Day Surf (Instrumental)

White water shore break, then a thundering riff driven number, with distortion and compression replacing reverb on the guitar.

Mysties' Sunset dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Soft squishy surf for an indoor afternoon, with a soft ringing guitar line. The playing here is fluid and endearing. Somewhat pensive, somewhat motion oriented, and a little bit Latin. Very nice.

Roller Derby dotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson and Jim Boyle wrote this for the Good Guys sessions. The guitar tone is similar to that used by Paul at that session, but the drums are completely unlike Hal Blaine's. The pace is also slower and more floating, yet it retains some mid tempo crunch.

Wet Planet dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

As the waves crash on the rocks, the guitar rings out a fluid Spanish sounding ode to the watery world we live in. The vibrato shimmer is a nice touch, with the full round bass and rhythmic drums. This is pretty without being wimpy. Excellent tune.