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The Surf Coasters - Surfside Villagedotdotdotdot
artworkI think this is my favorite Surf Coasters album. It was the first I heard, and it's impact on me was great. It contains a slab of melodic, high energy surf. It has a sound unlike any other disc, almost like it was mastered from porta-studio tapes with extreme compression. It's very edgy, sports harmonic distortion that adds to the intensity, and totally pumps. This is a great disc.
Picks: Reverb 1000, Tsunami Struck, Rampage, Code Name SG7, Sea Knows, Jaws Theme - Shark Attack, Test Driver, Dreams, Vamos Por Ahi, Boogie Man, Chasing Shadows, Death Rage 2000, Penetration, Tornado, Let's Go Trippin', Scratch, Untitled, Untitled

Track by Track Review


Reverb 1000 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A crisp reverb kick startles you, then decays panned across the speakers.

Tsunami Struck dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A fast and furious, and influenced by "Point Panic." The energy is extremely high, and the sax break screams "look out!" A great shreddin' track!

Rampage dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A sorta "Surf Beat"-like number, lots of pummelage and pizzazz, shreddin' guitar double pickage, and major energy. The sax break is cool.

Code Name SG7 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slower melodic song with rounder guitar tones. It is nicely written and has a big sound. It reminds me of some of Nokie Edwards' writing. Very well structured, nice changes, and solid energy.

Sea Knows dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a captivating semi slow surf number that is just waiting for someone to cover it (note: the Deoras did just last month!). It has the melody, the structure, the hooks, all you need to recognize it's surf sensibility and fundamental gotta-have-it nature. A great twangy hypnotic and infectious track.

Jaws Theme - Shark Attack dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Those ominous notes from the sharks-gonna-get-you scenes in Jaws intro this highly compressed and completely overwhelming track. It absolutely demands your attention, and has a chilling sound. Wow.

Test Driver dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hot rod motor sounds intro a slammin' slidin' pounder with no shortage Dick Dale rippin' glissandoes and semi-melodic riffage. Very hot track.

Dreams dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is probably my favorite Surf Coasters track. It is infectious, melodic, powerful, and the intentional compressor breathing adds an element of primitively to an otherwise pristine track. The edge and beauty are unmistakable.

Vamos Por Ahi dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Acoustic rhythm guitar, areba shouts, and decidedly Spanish, almost "Border Town" (Eddie and the Showmen) melody lines find this track spreading dreams of a Baja trip through your subconscious. Infectious, fun, and wonderfully played.

Boogie Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Scream for your life, it won't help. Fuzzy lead lines warn of the coming of the boogie man. A surf bed supports this horror from the surf song, accented by evil growls from the boogie man himself.

Chasing Shadows dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

High energy Latin backtrack under a twangy mid tempo lead line. Intense energy, spirited performance, and infectious sound.

Death Rage 2000 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal tom toms, horrible screams of anguish, shreddin' double picked leads, flying glissandoes... sounds like surf to me.

Penetration dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This recording demonstrates their foundation in traditional surf. The Pyramids classic has been recorded many times, and this ranks among the best. The almost fuzz coarse bass supports intense guitar tones. A solid track.

Tornado dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Artificial wind - that's all.

Let's Go Trippin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This live recording from Pumpkin on March 7, 1995 demonstrates their ability to shred live, as well as their understanding of trad surf. The Dick Dale classic is well served by this performance. The sound is super intense, as is the performance.

Scratch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another live recording from Pumpkin on March 7, 1995. A commonly covered semi-obscure trad surf number, that has been completely matched to their high powered style. A great performance.

Untitled dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This unlisted track is an intense performance of an original. It totally shreds! Another live recording from Pumpkin on March 7, 1995.

Untitled dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This unlisted track is an intense performance of an original. It totally shreds! Another live recording from Pumpkin on March 7, 1995.