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The Parafins - September 28, 2000dotdotdot
artworkThis is the 10 song demo from the Parafins, which was released in 2002 as their first album.

The production is unflattering harsh stereo, which significantly reduces the power of the impact of the recordings, and the general mix is amateur/demo with too much kick drum and a lack of focus on the lead guitar, relegating the melody to a non-dominant role.

Some tracks here are reminiscent of the Surf Kings, others of San Francisco circa 1967, and the rest in a party surf mood.
Picks: Outside, Obliteration / Jingo, Besame Mucho, Trimmin', Diamond Head, Mr. Moto, Shark Bite Right, Trimmin, Six Pack, K-39

Track by Track Review


Outside dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This tune has a San Francisco psychedelic sound to the guitar and its melody, maybe a little like a Thrusters melody. It's fluid, and a little surfy in the imagery, but not the sound. It's a good track with cool bongos and percussion added.

Obliteration / Jingo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like a merger between Santana and the beach, this makes for exotic listening. It sports a very cool melody line, and an exotic feel courtesy the bongos. Quite groovy, and aquatic too. "Obliteration" is tribal, with Latin percussion, and flows directly into Olatunji's "Jingo."

Besame Mucho dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With an entry point that's a little like the Thrusters' "The Landing," this version of "Besame Mucho" is both exotic and fluid. Some tasty guitar licks, a few glissandoes, and cool bongos too.

Trimmin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Much more in the modern trad vein stylistically, but across the boundary sonically, this is an adventurous and very enjoyable track. A fine melody, tasty licks, smooth flow, and an aquatic structure combine here to make for a warm afternoon ride on a glassy wall.

Diamond Head dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moderately interesting cover of the Ventures' hit. It's a pleasant track, well done and easy to listen to, but without breaking very far out of the mold.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another cover of a very familiar tune. The treatment is just far enough off the beaten path to make the cut. Nice guitar work, and some interesting tone contrasts. Liquid and percussive.

Shark Bite Right dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In some ways,m this jazzy spy tune is influenced by Herbie Mann's "Comin' Home Baby." In others, it's on its own, with swirly psychedelic guitar and a fluid sound. All in all, quite interesting.

Trimmin dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Much more in the modern trad vein stylistically, but across the boundary sonically, this is an adventurous and very enjoyable track. A fine melody, tasty licks, smooth flow, and an aquatic structure combine here to make for a warm afternoon ride on a glassy wall.

Six Pack dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sandals' "Six Pack" is reverently delivered. Not very adventurous, but definitely in the groove. More than just a cover, yet well within the intent. The pulled ska guitar chords in the bridge are a nice touch.

K-39 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a really tasty cover of Challengers' "K-39," with a smoother slow groove arrangement and surf 'n' soul feel. The power and speed of the original are softened for a delicate surf ride. Very nice version.