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The Nukes - Picnic In Pekingdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first CD from Edinburgh's Nukes. It's in mono, but is not lo-fi. There's some excellent writing and arranging, as well as gutty surf sound. Picnic In Peking features some really cool tracks.
Picks: Razor Grip, March Of Gwanji, The Snitcher, Gato Negro, Reno, Do The Penetrator, Skull Island, Bawheid Stomp, Wreck Of The Scharnhorst, Sourmouth, Powder River, Goulash Beat

Track by Track Review


Razor Grip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A great chord progression opens "Razor Grip" with an uncomfortable ambiance. Once into the song, thrashing double picked angst rules. This is a high spirited number with a tuff middle eastern style melody line.

March Of Gwanji dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich, dark reverb guitar and driving guitars play a somewhat menacing line. Glissandos fall while the relentless beat carries on. "March Of Gwanji" is more than basic, though it's more dependent on twang and power than memorable melody. That said, there's plenty of dark power, and the the horn break adds to the sense of danger.

The Snitcher dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A spooky detective pattern plays under a spy vs. spy riff for a very cool affect. Sometimes dissonant, sometimes ominous, "The Snitcher" is one cool track with the guitar simplicity of Link Wray. very cool - almost sinewy in a back alley kind of way.

Gato Negro dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Trembling guitar lays out a dangerous melody line against pumping bass and kick drum. The guitars darkly play in complimentary registers, one the melody line, and the other long menacing sustained notes.

Reno dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Reno" is a faster number with a splashy chord chop and riffy lead line that cycles with some degree of menacing. Certainly on the dangerous side, and ripe with different movements.

Do The Penetrator dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A cycling riff on surf guitar against a raucous beat and strong bass create a very surfable, if lo-fi track. I'd like to hear this well recorded.

Skull Island dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

really cool tribal drums launch "Skull Island." The menacing nature of the chords and bass rumble fit the title well. You can almost see the forbidding place where King Kong lives. There are some really nice guitar lines, and lot's to be afraid of.

Bawheid Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Long chords ring out partly in tribute to Link Wray and partly to The Rumblers' "Boss." Sludgy, brutal, and pumping with dark charm.

Wreck Of The Scharnhorst dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and moody, with a distant charm. "Wreck Of The Scharnhorst" is part sad and part waiting for a new dawn. Long ringing chords and a walking bass line that's very cool. Really nicely put together.

Sourmouth dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A country beat bounces beneath the long tremolo chords of "Sourmouth." The melody, once in play, is very tasteful. This may be fairly simply, but it has the charm of a Link Wray cowboy epic. It's hard not to like this track!

Powder River dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A "Hawaii Five-0" opener launches this song. "Powder River" features a nicely written riff, but is mostly about the drums and bass and the occasional glissando.

Goulash Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Goulash Beat" is just plain cool. It's personality is that of Eastern European, or maybe even Yiddish extraction, and its sound is all surf. This is really fun!