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The Nebulas - It's Go Time!dotdotdotdot
artworkThe new CD from the Nebulas features some fine original surf, as well as a few covers, most of which are seldom done. The rich three guitar arrangements bring a lot of surf chunk, not unlike the Woodies, the Space Cossacks, and the Fathoms, and even inspired by the Astronauts at times. This is a fine CD!
Picks: It's Go Time!, The Growler, Falling Out Of Orbit, Bristol Express, Da Cat, Mar Gaya, Taco Bravo, Cosmos 954, The Pier, Dirty Sanchez, Nematoad, Firewall, Supernova, Bodies Under The Bridge

Track by Track Review

It's Go Time! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big reverb chords splash out a riff that's mirrored by the double picked lead guitar. Chunky and heavy duty, with an optimistic adventure in the air. Very cool track!

The Growler dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A heavy dual "Pipeline" inspired rhythm riff with a double picked surf lead dribbling the melody line. "The Growler" is a solid instro supported by bass and drums perfectly. Trad sound, no entirely trad style, but purely surf. I found this track grew on me. Rhythmic and cool.

Falling Out Of Orbit dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bit of a cross between Euro space instros and surf, "Falling Out Of Orbit" has an old world melody line and a coastal surf sound. Quite nice.

Bristol Express dotdotdotdot

Moody and mysterious, the Eagles's "Bristol Express" is a rhythmic surf song with solid damped rhythms. Melodic and moody, with the surf arrangement showing off the sixties Brit-instro melody really well.

Da Cat dotdotdotdot

"Da Cat" is chunky and tuff, fast and just a touch sad. Lots of energy and fire in this performance. Solid and entertaining, it takes you along for the ride.

Mar Gaya dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

For a band with only two singles (three surf instros), and judging from the number of covers, LA's Fender IV sure have influenced a lot of bands. This is a rhythmic and reverby cover of "Mar Gaya." It's no where near as large as the original, but it surely has the energy and a lot more dripping surf. An excellent cover!

Taco Bravo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moody gradual double pick vibrato throbs introduce this menu item. "Taco Bravo" is melodically more Italian than Mexican to my ears, but never the less has lots of charm and energy. A fine surf instro!

Cosmos 954 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sad surf-spy chords launch this dribbling surf instro that suggests influences from the Woodies. It's a fine track with lots of chemistry and surf chunk. This is one of a couple of tracks on the CD that I keep coming back to. The Sand Dunes did this as "Space Odyssey."

The Pier dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Astronauts' obscuro "The Pier" is loaded with surf reverb, and with the Nebulas' dual rhythm guitar backing, nearly sports the kind of chunk that the Boulder originators were famous for. Great drums, and big splash.

Dirty Sanchez dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A "Malaguena" run launches "Dirty Sanchez," which is a splendid and highly rhythmic instro. Great energy, lots of reverb, and solid bass and drums. Fast and energy driven, with the rhythmic energy that the Space Cossacks, the Woodies, and the Fathoms were able to achieve. A few more lines from "Malaguena," and the song is complete! Excellent.

Nematoad dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chord thrash, dribbling surf lead, a bit of seriousness in the melody line, and lots of spark. Nicely developed, with a slight Indian feel to the melody line.

Firewall dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark and spy-ish, "Firewall" features chunky surf rhythms and tone. The power is there, though the melody line is a little minimal. The big chords add to the mix.

Supernova dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There's a thirteenth track on the CD that's not listed on insert or tray card, which contains two songs separated by s long interval of sorta sonar and gong.

The first song is a beautiful slow and lush surf instro of post-storm sadness. Delicately picked and beautifully reverbed. It's a very pretty song!

The second instro is a mid tempo number that's a bit of a surf jam, though more melodic and structure than that might imply. It has solid energy and great reverb.

Bodies Under The Bridge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Out past the tweaky sounds at the end of "Supernova" is a version of Frankie Stein's "Bodies Under The Bridge." also called "My Ghoulish Heart." Rippin' surfin' gnarl with spirit and reverb!