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The Silver Hawks - Surf Coast To Coastdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Silver Hawks sound somewhere between The Surfites and Al Casey, with heavy chunk reverb rhythm and excellent melodies. Their choices of covers are less common and suit them well. Surf Coast To Coast is an excellent and refreshing CD.
Picks: Trocadero Waves, Lunar Ocean Surf, Surf Boardwalk, Sentimental Guitar, 8 Planets In 8 Days, The Hearse, Nokia-Rock, Pedal Pusher, Midnight In Salerno, Shark Panic!, Fun Paradise, Tsunami Struck, Our Favorite Martian, Banzai Washout, Dead Tree, Bone Hill Stomp, Dead Body Surfin'

Track by Track Review


Trocadero Waves dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Light guitar plays a very pretty island-like melody as the band follows suit. "Trocadero Waves" has a frothy vacation in the tropics sound, and the tremolo second guitar seems like it might have been inspired by Love's "Emotions" in places. Very pretty.

Lunar Ocean Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bordering on the dark side, muted surf glory supports a Ventures-like melody. I'm not quite sure why "Lunar Ocean Surf" reminds me of "Mariner No. 4," but perhaps it's the sense of adventure.

Surf Boardwalk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A carefree drive down the coast is in store as you get into the pace and melody of "Surf Boardwalk." This is a spunky number that's just plain fun!

Sentimental Guitar dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Takeshi Terauchi and Blue Jeans' "Sentimental Guitar" is an excellent choice for The Silver Hawks to cover because its melody and structure lend themselves to the sound and style of the band. Tuff drums and an infectious sound.

8 Planets In 8 Days dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tremolo and muted reverb rhythm, double picked lead guitar, and superb bass and drums. "8 Planets In 8 Days" is a fast adventure outside the atmosphere where the curl runs long and high! Perhaps slightly reminiscent of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, but original and infectious.

The Hearse dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lee Hazelwood's splendid song hasn't been covered in a while, so it's really good to hear The Silver Hawks go at it. "The Hearse" is done with great respect, but also their own style. Ringing chords and reverb!

Nokia-Rock dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lots of muted reverb chunk supports a light melody that's pretty and very surf. "Nokia-Rock" is all about the reverb rhythm, and the drums and bass are perfectly matched. If you like The Surfites, you'll dig this!

Pedal Pusher dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a reverent cover of The Ventures' "Pedal Pusher." It's done nicely, with solid drums and tasteful boom.

Midnight In Salerno dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a more surfy take on Los Straitjackets' "Midnight In Salerno." The muted reverb adds to the charm, as does the lead guitar tone.

Shark Panic! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Shark Panic!" is an fun track with some dark passages and some light hearted adventure. A great blend of chunky muted reverb and a fluid melody riff.

Fun Paradise dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The title says it! "Fun Paradise" is an easy vacation in paradise kinda song. Spunky, upbeat, and hard not to like.

Tsunami Struck dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very interesting cover of The Surf Coasters' "Tsunami Struck." It's full of fire, and charged with much more reverb. The honkin' sax adds vintage tonality. Superb!

Our Favorite Martian dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Plenty of reverb produces the requisite charm and rhythm for Bobby Fuller and the Fanatics' "Our Favorite Martian." This is a rich and very fun version, and when the deep tremolo throb is employed between verses, it gets to be just too cool!

Banzai Washout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rockin' cover of The Catalinas' "Banzai Washout." The arrangement is perhaps more like Dick Dale's version. The drums in the break where the tremolo guitar takes hold are superb, and the sax verse lends a nod to sax man extraordinaire Steve Douglas, who wrote the song. Hard charging and reverb dripping!

Dead Tree dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a nicely arranged cover of The Surf Coasters' "Dead Tree." It has its own flavor, and sports glorious whammy chords.

Bone Hill Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grode second guitar haunts like Link Wray is next door. The song is mostly a riff rocker with a spooky post vintage sound that keeps it out of frat rock territory.

Dead Body Surfin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Soft and lovely, "Dead Body Surfin'" floats in a lagoon at dawn sort of way. A bit sad, and amped by drama in the bridges. A very original song.