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The Surf Coasters - BreakOutdotdotdotdotdot
artworkBreakOut is the Japanese equivalent to Outside Break. The track sequence is somewhat different, "Yume No Ato (After The Dream)" has been replaced by "Pipeline," and "The Man From MI.5" recorded live at KEXP in Seattle has been added. Another five star release from the amazing The Surf Coasters!
Picks: Super Jet Boogie, Breakout, Refraction, Moonlight Cruise, Endless Journey, Pipeline, Pink Sapphire, Gloom, Drifter, The Man From MI.5

Track by Track Review

Super Jet Boogie dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rockin' number with chorused led guitar, and a bog rock sound. Gigantic tortured guitar runs, spitfire fingers, and motherlode chords. There are references to The Scorpions, Harvey Mandel, and Epitaph, and a ton of energetic charm. A headbanger's dream!

Breakout dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Boy do I like this! It's an experimental, heavy power epic with gorgeous guitar lines, thundering bass plunder, and powerhouse drums. Totally engaging. "Breakout" is a truly fine number with, dare I say it, Pollo Del Mar influences. As close as the two bands are personally, with PDM hosting The Surf Coasters US tours, it would be natural.

Refraction dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Refraction" is a big raw rocker with ringing tone and rockin' drums. It would be a mistake to overlook the bass' impact on the power of the track. This is all about energy, but its flying guitar solos are liquid gold. Mega power and edge!

Moonlight Cruise dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow moody bass and tribal drums, glowing chords, a sort of Mermen-esq melody progression, and glorious island intensity. The string bending and distortion call to big rock volume, while the loveliness of the guitar playing sometimes demands ecstatic response. Beautiful and huge.

Endless Journey dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Oh the silken joy of surf chords and moody melody lines. The long delay-induced sustain on the lead guitar gives it an international beach holiday feel. The melody is charming and fluid, and the bass and drums perfect for it. The break is like a another song entirely, with chilling tremolo and tribal danger in its slowly rising power. "Endless Journey" is dramatic, sophisticated, and very powerful. There are hints of Flower Traveling Band and other Japanese psych legends, as well as Satriani-like Santana-esq flights of fancy. Wow, what a progressive surf tale this weaves.

Pipeline dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a great big version of The Chantays' "Pipeline!" Its pace is of the original, but it's so huge! Great gritty guitar tone, and gigantic bass and drums. The piano parts are done with modulated guitar. Thick and heavy!

Pink Sapphire dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big, brash, relentless percussion, thunder bass, and big rock chords drive "Pink Sapphire" to a powerful place. The break is like a seventies flight of paradise island fantasy, with modulated chords and a light hearted sound, but soon enough, they are back to the big rock candy of delight.

Gloom dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Long spooky ambiance created by the guitar's ghostly affects sets a haunting stage for this almost 801-like drama. "Gloom" is a guitar solo, moves very slowly through deadly storm break boiling with hidden logs and mud at the river mouth. Seagulls vibrate from the guitar strings.

Drifter dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is SO Northern California. Absolutely great drums, mean bass, and commanding guitar. It suggests those amazing beach parties the Mermen threw, but with Japanese thunder and over the top intensity. Oh man, does this ever soar! If ever there was a case to be made that progressive space rock was based in surf, "Drifter" is it! I need another star!

The Man From MI.5 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Man From MI.5" opens with a howl of feedback and a big sludgy guitar with transforms into a great spy melody with smoother distortion. About halfway through the song, it speeds up, gets more punk metallic and progressive, and throbbing. A long tortured solo flies above the pulsing backtrack. Then, it drops into a third part that's slower, but more rock that spy. Barely stereo, and a bit murky, but what a powerful performance.