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Surfpatrouille - Venus Pussy Polka Riotdotdotdotdot
artworkSurfpatrouille are from Germany. Their brand of instrumental music is more spy than surf in style, but definitely reverb soaked heavy modern tone and real twang. Lots of fire, mostly on the fast side, and plenty of imagination. This official album release appears as a two-fer with the Kilaueas on Kamikaze Records.
Picks: Surfpatrouille Orion, Venus Pussy Polka Riot, Warp VI, Man O' Surf, TelSka, P.O.P., Long Riders On Ventura, Brazil, Survest, Tony Soprano, Supernova #5, Miss Marple, Surfin' Marge, Sci-Fi / Lo-Fi, Godfather

Track by Track Review

Surfpatrouille Orion dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big twang chords, heavy twang lead work, and a somewhat menacing modern riff. Some flying guitar, some modern licks, some surf some edge, and plenty of power. Quite interesting.

Venus Pussy Polka Riot dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like a spy epic from another world, "Venus Pussy Polka Riot" is menacing and fluid. There's a sense of Laika and the Cosmonauts, but with more edge. Quite heavy and intense.

Warp VI dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a heavy surf riff slammer, with thundering tom toms and in your mug twango. "Warp VI" straddles the intersection between big guitar Austin twang, the Smithereens and surf. Huge and powerful, with a great cacophonous self destructing feedback ending.

Man O' Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Harmonics, weird danger, mean tone, disturbing spy themes, and heavy attack. "Man O' Surf" keeps you going, especially when the lead guitar breaks into a double picked duel. Excellent and original sounding.

TelSka dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tornados' "Telstar" is given new life in a flying double picked surf over ska arrangement that is very infectious. What a natural transformation. It is both original and familiar, like a really well done cover should be. Excellent!

P.O.P. dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sparkling guitar, like a hyped Hank Marvin sound, drives hard in an intriguing structure. The melody riff is catchy and spunky, with hard driving drums and lots of power. Infectious and interesting as well. The question is, does "P.O.P." stand for Pacific Ocean Park? The answer from Massi is: it means "Party Over Pluto."

Long Riders On Ventura dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sultry vibrato drama, Viscounts romance, and a pretty riff slowly float across your radar screen. This is a fine track, soothing yet mean.

Brazil dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Only rarely surfed up, "Brazil" is a natural for the reverb generation. This interpretation is quite stunning. Richly twanged and delicately picked, this captures the spirit of the tune while adding more intensity. Excellent!

Survest dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A grodie low-E intro yields to a melody with a slight eastern European feel. The bridge is tuff, and the drums excellent. Solidly arranged, "Survest" is a fine adventure in cold water surf, with a chilling vibrato break.

Tony Soprano dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More rock than surf, "Tony Soprano" is a heavy plunderer, with double picking on some verses and a stormy feel. Intense, yet not nerve wracking.

Supernova #5 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Punky churn and progressional riff rockin', with swimming whammy and intense twang. Inviting, no more like demanding. Yee-haw!

Miss Marple dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I can recall for sure, but this may well be the theme from the BBC series. In any event, it certainly is without her restraint. Fast, solid, enjoyably spunky, splashy and melodic.

Surfin' Marge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is very interesting! Shredding double picked guitar, a TV theme feel (a variant on the Simpsons theme), and lots of fun. The intensity plays well against the quirky fun of the melody. The break is the "Star Bangled Banner." Too fun.

Sci-Fi / Lo-Fi dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slightly weird, a little tweaked, and very smooth, "Sci-Fi / Lo-Fi" goes to the heart of sci-fi without yielding to the temptation of cheesy sound effects. Rich and enjoyable.

Godfather dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This soft and articulate performance of the film's main theme gently sparkles, like a romanticized Mafioso... hey wait, that's what it's all about isn't it. About a minute and a half in, we're delivered to a powered double picked in your grave delivery for a verse before dropping back into the extremely artful theme. It ends with a machine gun blast.