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The Squares - Teenage Surf Madnessdotdotdot
artworkGenerally thin sound and too much drums compromise an otherwise excellent disc of chunky rhythmic instros of the teenage fire variety, enhance with humor and youthful inhibition. Mighty fun, very enjoyable, and often well thought out. Dig the amazing cover of "Paranoid."
Picks: Kill Devil Kill, Teenage Surf Madness, Sunset Run, Kamikaze, Squaranoid, Gearhead, Gone Fishin', Landlocked, Ahhh!!!, Square Summer, Aquarock, I Wanna Go Surfin' In Your Shorts, Detention, Anticipation, Schools Out, Hot Rod Hearse

Track by Track Review


Kill Devil Kill dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very rhythmic and chunky, nicely played with tradeoff's between damped chunk and obstinate chords. Yelps of joy fill out the crannies.

Teenage Surf Madness dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a melodic number that is double picked at breakneck speed. With bows to the old school style and the machine gun etiquette of the skate ramp, this fires across the bow of any one that gets in the way, leaving them bloodied but grateful. Cool track.

Sunset Run dotdotdot
Jam (Instrumental)

Not exactly sundown soft, but also not high noon cantankerous. Mostly chord progression bluesy with edge, less surf than jam.

Kamikaze dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This cool slow number is moody and mystical. The balance between lead and rhythm patterns is very cool indeed. The speedy mid section is less cool, but still enjoyable, bringing a different balance and feel. Not the Paul Johnson tune.

Squaranoid dotdotdotdotdot
Head Banger Surf (Instrumental)

When Black Sabbath created this anthem, they surely had no idea what the Squares would do to it. What a cool idea. The glissandoes and the reverb just play tricks with your former heavy metal mind.

Gearhead dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Thick guitar hero riff rock powerhouse near punk chunk. Broad shouldered hook and feedback monster rock, with a sudden unexpected end.

Gone Fishin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The a classic eighties rhythm, this is a chord jam with a nifty melody riff. It's a fresh approach to surf instros, and a very fun track. The unusual nature of the structure (for surf anyway), this took a minute or so to get used to, but I found myself liking more as time passed. You won't whistle it while you work, but you may bop to the beat in your head.

Landlocked dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surfy infectious and rhythmic, this is pretty darn playful. More energy and progression than melody, but still enjoyable.

Ahhh!!! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's "Surf Beat," with screams of "Ahhh!!!." It's like the Trashwomen used to do it. Very fun and imprecise.

Square Summer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A sporty intro, a rhythmic fifties doo-wop feel to the progression, and a seventies pop hit feel to the melody line, and, oh yeah, lots of changes in texture to keep it afloat.

Aquarock dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big glissando intro, excellent damped picking, real surf feel, and a bunch of energy. It has a modern melody line, yet retains the spirit of the teen surf bands of the old school. melodic enough, energetic, and very cool.

I Wanna Go Surfin' In Your Shorts dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Melodic pure surf desire, drooling over the drawers of the opposites, and riding the curl between beaver patrols. Very playful and fun. I like the riff, and the warmth of the tune. Choppy and dribbly.

Detention dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

If you have to stay after the bell 'cuz you put gum in your teacher's coffee cup, you might as well do it with a reverb tank and some imaginary swells. Good melody line, and lots of energy.

Anticipation dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chord progression and minor melody riff-rock. No, it's not the Carly Simon song, and they aren't waiting for the ketchup to drop from the bottle onto their polish.

Schools Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky rhythms and optimistic post graduate freedom rings from every note of this semi structured romp. I was hoping for a surf cover of the Gary U. S. Bonds' hit.

Hot Rod Hearse dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Motor revin', burnin' rubber, and thick distortion chord power jammin' Lot's of energy, and some melody to work with.