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The Surfaders - Surf Noir (demo)dotdotdotdot
artworkThe Surfaders is a Dutch surfband formed around ex-members of Golf-O'Rama, whom I liked a lot. The caliber of that band is certainly continued here. While only four songs are on the demo, they sure are cool!

I received this demo from The Surfaders back in July, but with the backlog I had and my broken arm and nerve surgery, I didn't get to it until now. Sorry about that.
Picks: Trouble In Tijuana, El Sheik, Midnight Interlude, Captor-Mine Attack

Track by Track Review

Trouble In Tijuana dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A big slap note starts off this soft toned low-E surf instro. The melody is is really nice, and the flow of the song is a testament to the writing and arranging. "Trouble In Tijuana" has a vintage long board feel to it, but is clearly a modern composition. Glorious whammy chords and imagery complete this fine track. Excellent!

El Sheik dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The mystery of the Middle East underpins this slow double picked moodster. "El Sheik" is a splendid example of the power that can be attained playing slow dribbled double picked guitar at modest volumes. This has the kind of surf mood appeal that The Surf Raiders' wonderful "Long Boards At San Onofre" has. Superb!

Midnight Interlude dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sparkling surf on a quiet bay illuminated by soft moonlight, with the gentle swells rolling quietly in. "Midnight Interlude" is a splendid and lovely surf epic. Highly visual and dribbling gorgeous.

Captor-Mine Attack dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Low-E grumble and sparkling, dribbling surf playa superb song morphed from Larry Weed's "Moment Of Truth." It nay be derivative, but it's so originally arranged and has so many deviating lines that you may not really recognize the root of the song. I think this is about as original as a cover gets, and I struggled with calling it a cover because of the imaginative variations. Really strong!