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No Smoking On Board - Boards And Bikinisdotdotdotdot
artworkSeven surf instros grace this fine album, along with a number of cool vocals built on the surf sound. It's been quite a while since a band has done anything modern with surf vocals. No Smoking On Board surely does it right. Great listening!
Picks: Bikini Drag, Shark Reef, Stop That Gremmie, Run Mustang Run, 10 Waves Of Bad Surf, The Haunted Wind (Reverb Or Bust), Comanche

Track by Track Review


Bikini Drag dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a solid cover of The Pyramids' "Bikini Drag." Sparkling tone, big splash, shouts and hollers, and a sampled spy opener. The drums rocks and the guitars deliver the goods.

Shark Reef dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lead and rhythm work around each other nicely in the mid tempo "Shark Reef." The melody is playful, and verses offer different deliveries. Quite a nice track.

Stop That Gremmie dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Stop That Gremmie" sports a cycling riff and shimmering tremolo chords. This is an infectious track with an engaging sound. Open road energy in relentless motion. I really like this!

Run Mustang Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A long sampled intro from a drag racing expo precedes a Dick Dale-ish romp, much as he did "Peter Gunn" on the Ciro's album, combined with The Scarlets' Stampede as Jon and the Nightriders interpreted it. Great fun, powerful, and driven. Pretty cool.

10 Waves Of Bad Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A stompin' good time is had with great tine and a solid beat. "10 Waves Of Bad Surf" employs a jammin' melody line and and is very nicely arranged.

The Haunted Wind (Reverb Or Bust) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Darker than most from No Smoking On Board, "The Haunted Wind (Reverb Or Bust)" uses single notes to deliver drama, and shimmering tremolo chords to add danger. The modulated chords are kind of annoying, but otherwise, this is a solid mover traveling at a modest pace.

Comanche dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's "Comanche" is dark and reverby, with requisite title shouts. It's a fairly straight surf treatment of the song, but it sports a lot of dangerous power and gloom.