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The Surf Coasters - Runabout3 [neoAGE Original Soundtrack]dotdotdotdot
artworkThis soundtrack release takes the Surf Coasters beyond their trad based power surge and squarely into a more punk metal territory on many tracks. Some very powerful surf, and some acoustic coolness too.
Picks: Drugnet, Drive Out!, Come Back From The Rock, Can You Go To The Beach, Mission Drive, Levee, Warning, Cats, Phantom Car, Skidway, Cherry Stone, Smoke

Track by Track Review

Drugnet dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big fuzz thrash, melodic hard driving guitar... this is catchy and powerful, with almost Uli Roth guitar intensity. It hits hard and goes for the throat.

Drive Out! dotdotdot
Garage Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra thrashy trashy fuzzed pumped garage rage, like Davie Allan in front of a punk band. The whirling organ circles the assaultive guitar as the bass throbs and the drums pound. Fiery double picked lines, and super fast power. Monstrous, despite only a passing relationship to surf.

Come Back From The Rock dotdotdotdot
Metal Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Huge powerful fuzz attack, like something Agent Orange would shred with. Very intense and loud, with ultra fast double picked compressed guitar lines and more energy than most. Kinda like metal surf punk. Huge.

Can You Go To The Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Can You Go To The Beach" is a classic upbeat surf experience, with the kind of grin in the melody line that the Halibuts frequently employed. Powerful, pumped up, and totally fun.

Mission Drive dotdotdot
Punk Metal (Instrumental)

Gutty and thrashy, pick slide augmented, and assaultive. Punk metal speed and power, with the kind of intensity that wears you out.

Levee dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

With the kind of gentle flow emanating from "Endless Summer," this soft and sinewy instro uses acoustic guitar for pour the melody line out. A blend of Spanish and tropical island breezes, "Levee" is a beautiful track.

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Melodic Grumbling Surf (Instrumental)

This distortion laden compressed powerhouse sports a very surfable melody line, double picking, and dark tone. Almost vicious, "Warning" is no trad classic. Very tuff!

Cats dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Big whammy and a rockabilly beat combine for an infectious romp. The melody line is circular and almost Henry Mancini-like in its bachelor coolness. It's a side trip on the surf highway, with plenty of spunk and joy.

Phantom Car dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lush and poignant acoustic romancer... well at least until the classic Surf Coasters power delivery kicks in. Fast and adventurous, assaultive and shredding, "Phantom Car" bowls you over with impunity. Merciless in its attack and glorious in its power.

Skidway dotdotdotdot
Metal Surf (Instrumental)

Reminiscent of Dick Dale's "Nitro," but delivered like there's no tomorrow and metal is king, "Skidway" simply shreds with power and danger.

Cherry Stone dotdotdotdot
Memphis Surf (Instrumental)

The melody riff is like a variation of Lonnie Mack's take on Chuck Berry's "Memphis," but with power shred attack and no sense of humor. Extremely fast double picking and string bending, with no rest allowed.

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Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

A slow bass line throbs under a jazzy guitar floating on an afternoon wave. It's aquatic, yet summer day lazy. Pretty cool, and very well played.