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The Nukes - The Scars Of Tuskardotdotdotdot
artworkYeah... The Scars Of Tuskar is a fine release! Lots of very original music born of a blend of surf and punk and twang and drama. As a point of reference, I think if you like CHUM or The Amino Acids, you'll like these guys a lot. They are definitely off the beaten path, but it's well worth the trip.
Picks: Trident, The Scars Of Tuskar, Hogfish, Last Tango In Pilrig, The Womaniser, Krasimira Goes West, Totatoneck, Murmansk Shoreleave, Dragstrip Dangerus, They Cast Long Shadows, The Snakecharker's Jealousy

Track by Track Review


Trident dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Trident" is an angular track that's engaging precisely because it is angular. The melody versus bass line and drums generally create an industrial vision. The surf guitar calls to the sea, but it's a sea of future machines and tension.

The Scars Of Tuskar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grungy, punky circulating riffs and a punk beat create a kind of unrestrained short board shore pound. "The Scars Of Tuskar" is surf with a punk underbelly, but not a frantic pace. Quite interesting.

Hogfish dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is way too fun. "Hogfish" has a country bumpkin beat and playful melody line. It's riff centric, yet so fun with its blend of checkered picnic blankets and guttural twang that you just can't help but grin.

Last Tango In Pilrig dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slowish and dramatic, with sultry whammy and a desert menace sound. Lovely, dripping, whammy chords perfectly portray the ebb and flow of the water. "Last Tango In Pilrig" is a bit sad, with a large sound. Superb!

The Womaniser dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On some levels, "The Womaniser" is sort of a frat rock epic, but it has much more going on than that implies. Dark twang, relentless drums, and gutty bass, with a not quite safe sound.

Krasimira Goes West dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Krasimira Goes West" has an exotic double picked melody that rides above a slow march, at least until its pace picks up, at which time you realize the song has elements of Russian tradition. This is a very original track.

Totatoneck dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Delightful cowboy punk beats and muted reverb charm bring forth a fine country romp. Whammy dips on the baritone add a touch of dementia. If you have any appreciation for the blending of cowboy and surf via punk and irreverence, "Totatoneck" will capture you right from the outset. Once the jaws harp arrives, you're hooked!

Murmansk Shoreleave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Murmansk Shoreleave" is perhaps among the most normal surf tracks, though it surely isn't traditional. A punk beat and a happy growling melody, along with long dramatic chords, deliver the goods. Very cool!

Dragstrip Dangerus dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dribbling from the chords, opening notes yield to a punk beach party track with some splendid surf sounds and an endless drive. Great drums and crashing reverb.

They Cast Long Shadows dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"They Cast Long Shadows" is part disjointed, part dripping springs, part mechanical, and all cool in a disturbed way. I wondered if this would be related in some fashion to "Cast A Long Shadow" (Monochrome Set), but it's not at all like that.

The Snakecharker's Jealousy dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Snakecharker's Jealousy" is very dramatic, reverb drenched, dark, and fully developed. It caught my attention immediately, and held it throughout. It's derivative of CHUM, but there are things about it that reminded me of that band. Very good!