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9th Wave - Time Tunnel [preview sampler]dotdotdot
artworkThis sneak preview CD-R boasts four tracks from 9th Wave's next release Time Tunnel. Three instros and one vocal, "Big Black Cadillac Hearse." The sound is somewhat of a change in direction for 9th Wave, with organ and a later sixties backdrop portrayed by reverb guitar.
Picks: Fueled For Surf, Creepy Crawler, Ridin' The Chop

Track by Track Review

Fueled For Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A long way from the surf idiom in style and melody, but with reverb guitar. The swirling organ and mid sixties light-psych structure, together with the bouncy energy of the performance, give "Fueled For Surf" a catchy lightweight fluidity. Nice track. In the words of the band: "written with the true spirit of playing surf music shows with friends, fans and fellow surf brothers / sisters musicians (Big Ray, Balboas, Swiv-O-Matics, Coffin Daggers, Gein and the Grave Robbers, Atomic Mosquitos, Colonel Klink and so on)."

Creepy Crawler dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool twangy whammy chords bring out the surfability of this riff dominated track. It's a slightly sludgy groover with horror scenery and liquid guitar playing. Nice track. Again, from the band: "spook surf, B Horror Movie, sci-fi, Zombie-fi, guitar and Farfisa Organ driven tune."

Ridin' The Chop dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ridin' The Chop" is the most surfable track here, with raging drums and a splashy progression. The combo sound and speedy double picking are very cool. The thump of the kick drum is annoyingly demo sounding. The band says: "a fast ride surf / hotrod tune, 2 guitar attack, fast drums and high energy."