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The Recruders - Recruder Stewdotdotdot
artworkThe Recruders sound is more rock than surf aurally, but their instros and approach remind me of The Mallards back in the mid eighties live at Muzzies. The songs show good writing, and must be very good live. Limited production and muddy sound limit the songs by at least a star. Don't let this stop you from hearing what they do, but I really encourage them to record better as they develop, because there's much here that deserves it.
Picks: Quasimoto's Quandry, Savior Of The Surf, Slither 'n' Surf, Tijuana Nut Crunch, Recruder Rumble, Killer Dana, Cherokee, Untitled

Track by Track Review


Quasimoto's Quandry dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Quasimoto's Quandry" is a great title. The melody line is savvy and reminiscent of some of the eighties surf-rock bands from the Bay Area and SoCal. It's a solid track with some real potential.

Savior Of The Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

IN an easy slowing setting, the haunting melody of "Savior Of The Surf" floats atop roughening breakwater. As it accelerates and evolves, it gets more interesting. There's a lot going on here.

Slither 'n' Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a spy-like sound, "Slither 'n' Surf" is haunting and mysterious, with really nice melody lines and ideas. Lots of potential drama and soaring power here, as well as sophisticated imagery and semi-psychedelic tonality.

Tijuana Nut Crunch dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tijuana Nut Crunch" is not as Spanish as you might expect. The melody line is more of an adventure than Mexican delight. Some cool string swipes, some gloomy lines, and a bridge that seems like it's from another song. All in all, the track works and seems to flow well.

Recruder Rumble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dry muted rhythm and a stilted beat with sax honks, "Recruder Rumble" has a very original melody line. The splash chords and Spanish feeling are interesting. This grows on you.

Killer Dana dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cover of The Chantays' "Killer Dana" that's much less powerful and dark, yet has plenty of energy and gloom. From the recording, I'd guess The Recruders have fun playing this number, which fits well with their sound.

Cherokee dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An Indian tom tom beat and dark bass sustain rumble over the top of the interesting melody, hiding much of what it has to offer. There's a lot more potential here than delivery, which simply must be corrected. I like the song a lot, just not the sound. Could easily be five stars.

Untitled dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an unlisted track with 14 seconds of silence at the start. It's very punk and disorderly, and not very surf. Thick and distortion laden, with long dark sustain.