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The Red Hot Lava Men - Apocalypse Wowdotdotdot
artworkThis six song demo from Richmond, VA's Red Hot Lava Men shows off some fine playing and writing. More instro than surf, often very well thought out, this is a fine disc. The music is sophisticated without being pretentious, and also connects directly to your emotions. I'm looking forward to a whole CD.
Picks: Apocalypse Wow, Punk Rasta Lowriders From Hell, (Theme From) Crazy Man, Coed Surf Naked, Dear Wallflower, Speed Fantastico

Track by Track Review


Apocalypse Wow dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Danger lurks in the allies. Surf dribbles from the double picked leads. The melody line is interesting, as is the arrangement, which is pretty darn sophisticated without losing its edge. Double picking, big twang, and a cool sound.

Punk Rasta Lowriders From Hell dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rhythm dominated, spunky, and neither lowrider or punky. Edge and riffs and a relentless drive, with great drums.

(Theme From) Crazy Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Smooth delivery for this fine melody, with a soft edge and very nice guitar work. The overall composition is warm and adventurous, with a sunny afternoon glow.

Coed Surf Naked dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More surfy than the rest structure wise, "Coed Surf Naked" picks out a riff based number with a catchy line and title. A little derivative in spots, but also fresh and fun.

Dear Wallflower dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Soft and slow, richly chorded and warm, "Dear Wallflower" is a fine track for displaying the lead guitarist's skill against a very supportive backtrack. Cool melody for an afternoon stroll with your honey.

Speed Fantastico dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thrashy glissandoes and warm whammy, intense big guitar drive and powered drums and bass. This is the rocker of the set, with great drive and writing. A little spy-like, but mostly warm and slightly countrified.