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The Reefriders - Two Wave Hold Downdotdotdot
artworkFirst outing from The Reefriders features some very good tracks. Mixes are not as consistent as they should be, and are often more demo-like than finished product, yet the band is able to transcend that with trio arrangements that work. About half originals and half unusual cover choices. Check them out live!
Picks: Go!, Wild Hook, Talking To Trees, Potato Patch, Locals Only, Ghost Tree, Blue Hotel, Surfer's Deal, Bad Czeck, Over The Falls, Surf Party

Track by Track Review

Torque Wrench dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a garagy cover of The Supertones' "Torque Wrench." The drums and bass sync up well, with some fine rolls. The guitar seems just a bit distant. Tight and reverent.

Go! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a really nice version of The Daytonas' "Go!." Lots of drum action, and very well played bass and guitar. Gentle surf whammy and moodiness wrap it up.

Wild Hook dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the moody side, with frantic drums, "Wild Hook" is a fine example of modern NorCal surf instro. Maybe a bit reminiscent of The Berzerkers stylistically. Very fun.

Talking To Trees dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tom toms and very round bass support lead guitar on this interesting cover of The Neptunes' "Talking To Trees." There's plenty of honor paid the original, but it's also more tribal and mystical at times. Quite nice.

Potato Patch dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool drums and bass thunder under a playful melody riff. It's the drums and bass, man! The guitar plays a similar role as in The Surfaris' "Mystic Island Drums," though the songs bear no other resemblance to one another. The drums are phased part way through for a kind of psychedelic effect.

Locals Only dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool drum glissandos with a simple guitar riff that's in sync with the bass for a somewhat dark image. While not very melodic, "Locals Only" has an ominous edge and rhythm power.

Ghost Tree dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lots of drum action and bass grumble beneath chorded splash. Post-surf chords instead of melody line almost never works, but here it has a storm surf gray water churn about it allows it to engage the listener. Pretty cool.

Blue Hotel dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a sped up instrumental version of Chris Isaak's "Blue Hotel." Chord dominated, with reverb splash and raucous drums.

Surfer's Deal dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine updating of The Daytonas' "Surfer's Deal." Fuller sound and excellent drums. It's easy to overlook the bass, but it's essential for he cohesion of the track. I think the fuller sound really makes a difference in this song.

Bad Czeck dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Skegs' "Bad Czeck" is nicely done, with ringing tone and a surfier image. This is a splendid cover, with a solid sound and power. Given that's it's a trio arrangement, it is full, engaging and solid.

Over The Falls dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lush with long ringing surf chords, "Over The Falls" is a cool instro with a friendly melody perhaps like some of The Reef Rammers silkier numbers. This is very nice.

Surf Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This often covered film score originally cut by The Astronauts is not often done these days without the speed-kill of Slacktone, but The Reefriders keep it at its original pace. Though less chunky in a trio arrangement as compared to the three guitar original, this works well nonetheless.