Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Stingrays - El Nino c/w Space Patrol
|What we have here is a fine modern speed classic surf single. The arrangements are good, the riffs work well, and the energy is high. The fidelity is OK, but the pressing is a little distorted. Otherwise, the two tracks are quite good. A whole CD from these Stingrays would be extra swell.|
Picks: El Nino, Space Patrol
Track by Track Review
Another in the long line of surf instros titled "El Niño," but this one is more like a storm front than most of the others. It opens with a fifty second sample of waves and a floating Spanish surf riff, and eventually lands with an infectious surf riff, with a wonderful double picked break. This is different, and very enjoyable. It ends with an equally outro similar to the intro.
An old siren, an announcement of impending action, and a countdown of sorts, followed by an explosion takes up the first 30 seconds. Then the song comes in with rippin' double pick action delivering a solid surf riff. Not quite as interesting as the A-side, but still s good bet. Speedy glissandoes and damped surf guitar, some shimmering light lines, and back to the shreddin' main theme.