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Monster Pete and the Chiefs - Serpentine [radio edit]dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a studio demo from a new band with a completely new sound. There's a lot of drama and art in these tracks, and a whole lot of really good arranging ideas. Their lone cover here is a complete rethinking of "Pipeline" that not only makes it their own, but completely reinvents it. This is a band to watch!
Picks: The Mellow Serpentine, End Of War, Attack, New Frontier, Six Degrees, DreamPipe

Track by Track Review

The Mellow Serpentine dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Right away your struck by the power driven thick sound of Monster Pete! Heavy double picked leads, spitfire glissandoes, and energy like a slightly slowed down Torpedoes with a spiffy organ accompaniment. This is really a nice track, not very melodic, but very powerful. It has a relentlessness about it like you'd expect from a long storm tube. Wow!

End Of War dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"End Of War" features crunchy surf over military drums, dark tones and an interesting riff. There are some elements of detective drama, some pristine surf chords, and a pile of urgency. The slow wah wah break guitar is really cool. Nice arrangement, arty but not pompous.

Attack dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

As the title goes, so goes the invasive nature of the track. It's not staccato, it's like raining napalm. Evil and conflict, and many fine changes. This is dramatic, and also quite moving. Great listening.

New Frontier dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"New Frontier" is a playful tune, a little like a Mancini piece, with a cowboy suave beat and an almost carnival organ. The lumbering liquid cactus romp with alternating guitar and organ leads is amazingly infectious. The dramatic break yields magically back to the almost cartoon quality of the main theme. This is really fun, with western nut house ideas. I like this a lot!

Six Degrees dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

My goodness, what an interesting song. It is a very simple progression, but the two guitars work so well together and the textures are so unusual that it doesn't matter. Fine tune, and major fun. Too cool!

DreamPipe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Chantays' "Pipeline" lives in the crevices of this track. It is their tune, but it's hiding in the shadows of your dark dreams. It's a stunningly original treatment of thee surf archetype. The atmospherics make it seem like a distant black line on the horizon that's looming in the future, where you're gonna eat sand at its hands. Very nice.