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The Shout - Evil Surfdotdotdot
artworkCovering The Ripp Tides, one must ask if there is a connection. What are the odds of their 1981 obscuro being just an influence, when "Race To San Miguel" is here, and the arrangements are very similar, but updated. Mixes are inconsistent, ranging from lead too low to rhythm almost missing. It is the production values that keep Evil Surf from being four stars in my book!
Picks: Scramble, K38, Stephanie, Silver Channel, Mexico, San Miguel, Santa Fe', Gronk, Power House

Track by Track Review


Scramble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dry rhythm chords and strong drums support an interesting led guitar line. Structurally like updated eighties modern surf from Southern California, and mixed accordingly too. Fine whammy, some double picked mayhem, and gritty textures.

K38 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Splashy dry chords and modern tone with tuff drums and very good bass make "K38" cohesive and engaging. Thoroughly modern short board surf for ragged adventure.

Stephanie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gritty fuzz augment a delicate melody. "Stephanie" reminds me just a bit of "Shelley Tamura" sans vocals. The melody line is simple and very effective. I like this.

Silver Channel dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Silver Channel" is gritty and aggressive, with writhing rhythms and compressed double picking. I expected it to be derived from The Ripp Tides' "Silver Channel Stomp," but alas it does not seem to be. It is much more riffy - a progression riding on edgy tone.

June Bug dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"June Bug" has a sense of open road adventure abut it, with a very tasteful melody riff, and gentle break melody. Thumping hypno bass and a surf beat.

Mexico dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy chords and long lead guitar notes adrift upon a surf beat and melodic bass line. "Mexico" is very nicely written and arranged.

San Miguel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ripp Tides' "Race To San Miguel" is substantially updated with grittier tone while retaining the allure of the song's intent. This song has been in my rotation since 1981, so you can imagine my joy at hearing it updated.

Funky Neptune dotdotdot
Surf Funk (Instrumental)

Slow funk with slithering bass and jazzy guitar licks with a fine drum cadence. "Funky Neptune" is on the jammy side, but is nonetheless sinewy and engaging.

Santa Fe' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Some Spanish-Southwest lines, lovely chords, a splendid melody line, and an overall attractive work. "Santa Fe'" is scenic in a desert kind of way, with some very pleasant passages.

Gronk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Gronk" employs a simple and effective lead riff, along with some really cool lead chords. The rhythm guitar is low, providing more rhythm feel than sound. Excellent bas and drums.

Power House dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a jazzy interpretation of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" (1937). It's fun and really hard not to like. Quiet grins right here!