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The Surfites - The Surf Hut Demosdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Surfites first demo is a fine departure from the norm, with a very heavily reverbed surf guitar sound not unlike Al Casey's, but not as dark. The song structures are classic, reminding me of the Super Stocks sessions in some ways, and the use of almost bell-like toy piano is a brilliant touch. A whole album would be nice.
Picks: Drag-u-la Beat, Dana Point, Surf Encounter, Slow Tide

Track by Track Review

Drag-u-la Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dracula's laugh, a Mission Impossible kind of back-riff, and very cool heavily reverbed lead guitar. "Drag-u-la Beat" is a splendid song with a dark sound and feel, and hot rods racing through the middle. The piano circulating i the middle adds a childlike quality, like the little girl in Frankenstein that gets tossed in the lake. Way cool!

Dana Point dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Structured a lot like Super Stocks' song, with bell-like keys and surf guitar. This is a pretty unusual and cool song with a sound that hints at the Richie Podolor studio sessions of old.

Surf Encounter dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sound of shore break brings on the heavily reverb damped guitars in a rhythmically enticing number with cool piano and solid bass. This is a little like Al Casey, but not so dark.

Slow Tide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Slow Tide" is a softly sow song with a commanding loudness that delivers the soft melody. Sounds like a contradiction, but it's not. Moody and very aquatic.