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Skualos Surf Power Trio - Orilla de Playadotdotdot
artworkThese tracks are clearly demos from Chile's Skualos Surf Power Trio. There's not much chemistry in the performances, but what they lack in musicianship, they make up for in energy and abandon. In some ways they remind me of late eighties Campbell, California band Shark Bait, just more garagy.
Picks: Stampede Party, Completo a 350, Pilsen Helada, Thang Of The Planet Twang, Out Of Control, Having An Average Weekend, Mysterion

Track by Track Review


Surfin' Spooks dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ghastly Ones' "Surfin' Spooks" is garaged out, with pumping bass and non-vintage reverb on the guitar.

Green Room dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Nebulas' "Green Room" gets garaged out. The lead is far enough back and the bass out front enough in the mix to lose the power, yet it has suburban charm.

Aqacp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a romping track with a lot of energy and an interesting melody riff. The drums drive hard, and while it seems a bit sloppy, "Aqacp" is lots of fun.

Stampede Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Bikini Men's "Stampede Party" is played with abandon. The thin lead guitar gives it a strange attraction. A nicely though out demo.

Ghastly Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The brooding ghoulishness of The Ghastly Ones' "Ghastly Stomp" is retained, more or less. The garage demo flavor seems appropriate.

Completo a 350 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a dark riffer with an unusual guitar line. While it's not exactly melodic, it conveys garage charm and coastal sun. "Completo a 350" is interesting, though the lead guitar goes out of tune half way through.

Here Come The Lions dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Sea Lions' "Here Come The Sea Lions" is done with abandon and, just maybe, similar emotional content. The lead guitar tone is pretty harsh at times.

Pilsen Helada dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Pilsen Helada" is relatively unchanging verse to verse. The breaks are more engaging, with strong drums and original ideas.

Thang Of The Planet Twang dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an unusual choice to cover. "The Thang From Planet Twang" is a cover of a grand Daddy A Go Go song. It's very different sounding in such a garage setting, and it's very obscure.

13 dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"13" is a noodling garage jam. It seems to be very formative. After listening several times, it still seemed to be without direction.

Presentacion dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Presentacion" is a low brow number with whammy chords and grumbling bass. The breaks from "Wipe Out" are butchered in the middle. This seems like it needs more fleshing out.

Out Of Control dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a totally garaged out cover of The Crossfires' "Out Of Control." The title sure says it, with the band playing with abandon and high energy, but not a lot of chemistry.

Having An Average Weekend dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet's "Having An Average Weekend" is played a little too fast, and without the suave charm of the original. However, there's a lot of garage charm here. It's pretty clear that Skualos Surf Power Trio are having fun with this number.

Mysterion dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ghastly Ones' "Mysterion" is all trashed out. The harsh guitar tone in the beginning is very hard to listen to, but otherwise, this works pretty well.