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ScathoDick Surfers - Detlo Livedotdotdotdot
artworkThis is one original band. Imagine the aural qualities of the Bitch Boys and the intricacy of the Mermen and the abandon of Balls and you might get some idea of what this is like. Thoroughly original and pouring energy and emotion, while also being quite sophisticated. Not for the trad purists, but well worth seeking out for the rest of us.
Picks: After Pneumothorax, Laisse Claypool Tranquille, Spanish Traditional, Take No Surf, Little Cow-Boy, A Remake From John Zorn, Milano Osteo, Facia di Merola, Suck My Dick Del, A Run For Life

Track by Track Review


After Pneumothorax dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Highly original, "After Pneumothorax" uses double picked reverb guitar and many surfisms to deliver a seriously bent and nontraditional instrumental sound. It's surf, and yet it's not. Big adventure and intellectual pleasure rides right along with the liquid delight of the reverb drenched guitar. Very cool!

Laisse Claypool Tranquille dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Angular and dangerous, this track slithers surf and attacks in deeply troubled terrain. It's big and intense and dramatic, and much like what might happen if a manic dangerous stalker was chasing a fair maiden across a ten foot face with malicious intent. Very cool!

Spanish Traditional dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With high energy chord choppin' assault and thundering tribal drums and bass, ScathoDick Surfers contrast a Spanish imagery and dangerous liaisons in a very compelling way. Complex and sophisticated, and very real on an emotional scale.

Take No Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moderately paced and moody, "Take No Surf" is a bass dominated chord shimmerer that is both easy and foreboding. Great drums and a dribbly guitar throbbing with tremolo magic and echoed double picked waterfalls of danger.

Little Cow-Boy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a heavy short board attack that's skate thrashy and assaultive. Angular and disquieting, "Little Cow-Boy" is none the less all about turmoil on a dark and stormy sea.

A Remake From John Zorn dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and shimmery mystery from John Zorn I guess. I don't know the tune, but it's surely a haunting and moody piece with lovely tremolo and lush tone. The long bass notes and delicately placed drums are a perfect counterpoint. Somewhat Mediterranean, and quite mysterious.

Milano Osteo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Milano Osteo" is modernish and slithery too, with liquid guitar not unlike the Bitch Boys at times. Very enticing.

Facia di Merola dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

If mathematical jazz were emotionally charged with reverb and salt water, it might sound like this. Wah-wah, double picked danger, accelerating drums and double picked guitar assaults held together with bass rumble. Way cool!

Suck My Dick Del dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Never mind the rude title, the song is loaded with double picked surf and big twang chords. It shreds and slaughters over a fanciful non-surf bed that's quite supportive of the melody's main thrust. Adventurous and very engaging.

A Run For Life dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track is from ScathoDick Surfers's MySpace page. This version of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "A Run For Life" is both traditional and reinvented in the unique style and sound of this band. Excellent!