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The Sea Lions - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first release from the Sea Lions. All but one track have been available as mp3's from their website, and interestingly enough, sound much better than the single, which is so brittle and thin that its power is mostly sapped.
Picks: Here Come The Sea Lions, Wrath Of The Polar Bear, M'n Tandenborstel Ging Kaput, Moaning Lisa

Track by Track Review

Here Come The Sea Lions dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Stompin' thunder murk with a dark double picked lead guitar. Some interesting drums, grumbling bass, and that intense guitar.

Wrath Of The Polar Bear dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

As always, Mike Palm's seminal punk band recreate "Miserlou" in their own unique style. Aggressive and rough textured, with a fine blend of melody and aggro chunk. Powerful and in your face surf punk.

M'n Tandenborstel Ging Kaput dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"M'n Tandenborstel Ging Kaput" is a raging assault, with a somewhat dark melody, perhaps influenced by Eastern European folk melodies, but minimalized and double picked. A very cool song that longs for a good recording.

Moaning Lisa dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy double picked lead guitar drives this track down a dangerous road. Big drama opens "Moaning Lisa," which drives a double picked line borne of a variation on "Egyptian Surf." It's not derivative, but suggests it.