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Slacktone - North Rundotdotdotdotdot
artworkSlacktone is thee embodiment of amazing precision and speed! they played at KFJC on October 18, 2003. It was spectacular!
Picks: Coffin Closer, Bird Bone, Longboard Legato, PCH, Slanky, Rosarito 3-Day, South Run, Chaos, Surf Party, Daytona Mona, Brian's Beached Piano, The Bells Of St. Kahuna, Tiki Bar Crawl, Rell Sunn Aloha, Into The Blue Sparkle, Lift and Separate, Hit Man, Blast Bolero, Tidal Wave, Miserlou

Track by Track Review


Coffin Closer dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Coffin Closer" opens with a dramatic progression, but soon launches into that signature Dave Wronski power shred. Amazing precision and speed, and those great glissando-chokes of Dave's. A monster performance from THEE modern surf band!

Bird Bone dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bird Bone" is dramatic and rhythmic. It rages like a muddy torrent. Precision glissandoes, excellent meter, pure liquid power. The chunky rhythm pattern is superb. Amazing!

Longboard Legato dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Longboard Legato" is an adventure in the richness of the genre, an ambassador for the longboard generation. The melody floats on silky whammy and precision. A very smooth number featuring Dave Wronski's twin note / twin amp tone.

PCH dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From their earliest days, "PCH" is a song named after a road (Pacific Coast Highway). Powerful skate thrash twang, traveling at breakneck speed. Where's my seat belt?

Slanky dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Slanky" is a slinky song sliding sideways through the surf. It slithers across the horizon like an exotic dancer on vacation. This is a very seductive and sultry song. Very cool.

Rosarito 3-Day dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Rosarito 3-Day" is a Mexican flavored song with a genuine sense of cruisin' down the road South of the border for fishing and tequila sunrises. Pretty, powerful, and enticing.

South Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"South Run" thunders, slides, sways, and dives with great double picking and precision glissandoes. Warm whammy, intense drive, and the chords are gorgeous. There's a sense of impending gloom.

Chaos dotdotdot
Whammy Dip Unique Surf (Instrumental)

Odd chords and chunky sound with rounded notes and whammy-dip accents. A cool tune with unusual changes.

Surf Party dotdotdotdot
Old School Surf (Instrumental)

The Astronauts hit with this theme from the film of the same name. Their three guitar lineup seems so much less powerful than this driving trio performance. The watchwords are suave and power. Grand.

Daytona Mona dotdotdotdot
Industrial Blues (Instrumental)

One of the more accessible tracks from the legendary Straight Records days, "Alice In Blunderland" is amazingly powerful and animalistic in instrumental form. There's even some double picking here, though it's in sub-metal blues form. A powerful piece of music.

Brian's Beached Piano dotdotdot
Voiceless Poetry (Instrumental)

Yikes. A song that was essentially a narrative over angular music comes outta the shadows as an instro (poem deleted), and stands on its own two edges. This is difficult music for the fan, and it's compelling and dramatic.

The Bells Of St. Kahuna dotdotdotdotdot
Electric Hippy Blues (Instrumental)

From the stunningly powerful Strictly personal album comes this voiceless rearrangement of "(We're All Brothers) On Tomorrow." Tribal drums, twisted guitar licks, angular power, and magic at every turn. Amazing!

Tiki Bar Crawl dotdotdot
Cook's Surprise (Instrumental)

I can't say that I liked this the first time around, and here it's merely better recorded. Way too difficult for me. Since this is a reworking of "Hair Pie (Bake 1)," perhaps it's better titled "Hair Pie (Bake 2)."

Rell Sunn Aloha dotdotdot
Mathematical (Instrumental)

This is another mathematically correct song that's simply outside the pale for me. It doesn't flow like "Abba Zabba" or "I Wanna Booglarize You" or "Big Eyed Beans From Venus."

Into The Blue Sparkle dotdotdotdot
Industrial Surf (Instrumental)

This is a tuff rhythmic track that rises through great drums and harsh chunk chords. To say "Caligula" is thick is an understatement. If surf was invented in a heavy industrial zone instead of California garages, it might have sounded like this. It's an intriguing song with lots of power.

Lift and Separate dotdotdot
Industrial Funk (Instrumental)

A little funk wah wah, a couple of obscenities, and you begin to get the feeling that Shaft is buying a boogie board. Saucy and funky, heavy and thematic, and almost orchestral. "High Ride" is a powerful instro.

Hit Man dotdotdotdot
Industrial Soul (Instrumental)

making the blues seem almost irrelevant, "Voodoo Blues" relies heavily on great percussion and a haunting sound that reminds me somewhat of David Axelrod's "The Auction." Rhythmic and tribal, writhing with sultry seduction and mystery.

Blast Bolero dotdotdotdot
Industrial Funk (Instrumental)

"Sin Hipster" climbs slowly out of the basement like a funeral snaking its way through winding streets. Then, the drums take command, changing the whole effect. Many changes here, including moody soulful grooves and sultry grit. I like this a lot.

Tidal Wave dotdotdotdotdot
Industrial Surf (Instrumental)

Great shimmering vibrato guitar and throbbing bass portray a sullen mood. Haunting and daunting, "Lumbago" is both pretty and unsettling, like the feeling you get in the back of your neck when you know you're in danger, but you don't know why or from what. Spooky and attractive!

Miserlou dotdotdot
Industrial Squonk (Instrumental)

Raw honkin' sax, trompin' chords, stretched guitar lines howling, and an ugly rhythm that commands attention. Dark and menacing, yet alluring.