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The Sandblasters - Live on Texas Music Cafe 1998.7.30dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a superb performance from on of great bands from Austin that has alluded many. Texas Music Cafe is a nationally syndicated live music program featuring "the greatest music you never heard." Season two began with The Sandblasters. This is a document of that program!
Picks: Spys And Superguys, Water Gunn, Flight P-51, Big Sky, Snake Shake, Fiberglass Camel, Cactus Stingray, Hungarian Hunch Dance, Freedom Rock, Naked Piranha, Toothless Cannibal, Wave King, Body Bag, Quick Sand, Brutal Surfers, Jupiter Beach

Track by Track Review


Spys And Superguys dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Spys and Superguys" is a long splendid medley of espionage surf, from "James Bond Theme" and "Secret Agent Man" through "Mission Impossible," with plenty of rich reverb tone and a delicate flow. This is simply wonderful live!

Water Gunn dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The cowboy rhythm, muted reverb, and deluxe surf chords really shine here! Guitarist Mark Stultz plays this with focus and precision, and a superb liquid flow.

Flight P-51 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Flight P-51" is gloriously whammy chorded and soulful. This performance is sultry cool, with liquid smooth chords and long dramatic sustain. Superb!

Big Sky dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rolling cowboy beat and big chords conspire to create a expansive spaghetti western, with unshaven long riders on pintos trotting across the big screen. Great guitar tone, great rhythm, great beat, solid bottom end. Very dramatic!

Snake Shake dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Throbbing vibrato, dangerous shimmer, and a menacing melody line. The sci-fi slither and throb are very effective. "Snake Shake" is a tremolo monster.

Fiberglass Camel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Fiberglass Camel" opens with a sultry Middle Eastern progression and slow dramatic drums and bass. It transitions into a big Dick Dale "Surf Beat"-esq assault following a dark glissando. It returns to the Arabic theme as it comes to an end. Very nice!

Cactus Stingray dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a splendid track with a catchy riff and excellent synergy from the drums and bass. Slightly spy, a bit southwestern, and totally rhythmic. "Cactus Stingray" is cautiously optimistic. Very strong!

Hungarian Hunch Dance dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is even cooler than the studio take! "Hungarian Hunch Dance" is simply glorious! It blends the Hungarian patterns and rhythms with southwest twang and drama for a spooky and infectious composition. The cow surf beat adds yet another dimension to this already marvelous track.

Freedom Rock dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very Mermen-esq track, with long dramatic notes and a very strong progression. Moody, mystical, and mysterious, "Freedom Rock" is very sophisticated and emotionally connecting. Totally amazing!

Naked Piranha dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Naked Piranha" is tribal, rhythmic, Spanish flavored, exotic, mysterious, and full of changes. The sound is urgent, fluid, powerful, and interesting. This song has power, big twang, drama, and a solid melody and structure, but it's the rhythmic power that drives it. Big Spanish imagery. I like it more each time I hear it. Very cool!

Toothless Cannibal dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Toothless Cannibal" is an ominous riff oriented song with a dramatic structure. Rhythmic and dangerous, in an exotic cuisine sort of way. The images of being gummed to death are inescapable! Nice track.

Wave King dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spanish licks open "Wave King" with drama. The muted delicate plucking and tasteful guitar lines are complimented perfectly by the drums and bass. Austin whammy surf with a excellent energy and chemistry.

Body Bag dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Written as the theme for a film that didn't happen, "Body Bag" sounds just like the name implies. You can almost smell the corpse lying in the alley in a B-movie detective story. Ripe with dangerous tremolo throb, surf provides the foundation for this unique and vibrant detective song. Ominous.

Quick Sand dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Quick Sand" is a big, slightly punky song with power and speed. Solid drivin' surf tone and a solid beat drag this rhythmic and moody track. It has a lot of cow surf and Texas twang. It's not very melodic, but it powers its way along.

Brutal Surfers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark images of wave shredders, drowning gremmies, and shortboard suicide, with psychedelic modulated wah wah. Dramatic, powerful, and mean.

Jupiter Beach dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Jupiter Beach" rumbles with rhythmic thunder and delicate guitar work. Big drama and dribbled guitar lines, Middle Eastern lines, and great drums. Thick, powerful, and very well thought out.