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Space Party - Invasion Of The Surfer-Mendotdotdotdot
artworkCanberra's Space Party play surf based, fuzz drenched instrumentals that are powerful and heavy. Their cover of The Tornadoes' "Beyond The Surf" is simply superb!
Picks: Space Party, Get Surfed, The Creature, Spanish Song, Crime Wave, Gumshoe, Flight To Mars, The Unknown Surfer, Journey Through The Black Hole, Beyond The Surf

Track by Track Review


Space Party dotdotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

Fuzz, big drums, power, and a solid melody rock your world. "Space Party" thunders and rocks and grinds. This is an excellent track with tuff energy and plenty going on. There are times when Davie Allan comes to mind.

Get Surfed dotdotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

Though only a few feet from The Halibuts' "Hammerhead" at times, this track has a much grittier sound and grodier power. It is perhaps a bit minimalist, but not in a negative way. Dark fuzz glissandos and lines perilously close to "Ride The Wild Surf" give this a demented pop feel, while the grungy tone keeps it real.

The Creature dotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

Dangerous fuzz and grating edge lumber their way through this ominous number. A solid melody riff and interspersed screams, along with tortured whammy dips make this pretty darn cool!

Spanish Song dotdotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

Reverbed Spanish guitar in echoed spatial spread creates a kind of dangerous black lace image not unfamiliar to spaghetti westerns. "Spanish Song" is a dramatic song that's dark around the edges.

Crime Wave dotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

Military drums and tortured whammy, fuzz and bass thunder trample the calm with a menacing warning of things to come. There's a bit of film detective here too.

Gumshoe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool drums approaching "Apache" and a moody bass line carry a disturbed melody with an uneasy sound. "Gumshoe" has a back alley danger and a brooding bottom end. A very strong remix!

Flight To Mars dotdotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

Angry fuzz, rhythmic adventure, and empty space gloom. If space movies were spaghetti westerns with fuzz, they'd sound this way. Great drums and bass make this really cohesive. Powerful and dangerous.

The Unknown Surfer dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

"The Unknown Surfer" may be on the minimalist side, but it's a fine composition with chilling tremolo and great tribal drums. What you notice if you pay attention is superb bass and arranging.

Journey Through The Black Hole dotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

"Journey Through The Black Hole" is on the gentle side of dangerous. It begins at a slow pace, but quickly moves into angular power mode. I am reminded of Man or Astro-Man at times.

Beyond The Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is a spectacular reinvention of The Tornadoes' "Beyond The Surf!" Much heavier and more grode, yet retaining the dangerous feeling. I've been waiting forever for a cover of this song. I love this!