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The Surf Demons - The Surf Demonsdotdotdotdot
artworkEmploying way too much reverb and stereo delay, The Surf Demons somehow transcend the murk that creates because they use it with purpose. All covers, but every last one is done like you've never heard them before. Don't be afraid, this is well worth checking out!
Picks: Bombora, Firewater, Latin'ia Kiss, The Rising Surf, Terrapin Surfin'

Track by Track Review


Bombora dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris' "Bombora" is hard charging, fast, and layered with reverbed space. It thunders, rips, shreds, and pumps. The production wash creates a cavernous sound. Yikes!

Mav's dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mav's" is in a giant wash of reverb that makes it swirl and snarl. Is this Los Kahuna's "Mavericks?"

Firewater dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Astronauts' "Firewater" is simply gigantic. Imagine The Sid Presley Experience in a hanger... with extra reverb! Jeez... very original sound with a fiery delivery!

Latin'ia Kiss dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is brilliant! Less murky than others on this release. The muted patterns are superb. "Latin'ia Kiss" is a combination of Dick Dale's "Spanish Kiss" and The Sentinals' "Latin'ia." The unlikely merger really works well.

The Rising Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richie Allen and the Pacific Surfers' glorious "The Rising Surf" is done with distortion and a wash of reverb. The layered re-generations add a different drama. It's not pretty like the original, but it is very compelling!

Terrapin Surfin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I've been secretly waiting for many years for a surfband to cover The Grateful Dead's "Terrapin Station." I've long thought that it was an oceanic song with serious possibilities. The Surf Demons take it gently through a sea of reverb and eerie tone. Big grins!