Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Surf Riders (Denmark) - S/T
|The Surf Riders are from Denmark, where the surf is cold and the amps are warm. This CD-R provides a glimpse into a unique writing style in the surf idiom, with very tasteful melodies, of Spanish influenced, and excellent playing. An interesting side note is that this is a home recording in mono, but it is not trashy at all. That's very important with a band that writes and played this well. I hope this foretells of an album to come. These recordings were made in November of 2000.|
Vocals include: "Dollar Bill's Pub", recorded live with a different drummer in May 2000.
Picks: Tijuana Nights, No Problemos, Twangzilla, Cruisin' For A Bruisin', Leap Over Grand Canyon
Track by Track Review
"Tijuana Nights" sports a nice melody line, Spanish flavored, a little sad, and endearing. It has an unusual feel, with good playing an inviting air. Spirited shouts and a middle verse in low-E bring this to a satisfying conclusion.
The melody here is not exactly surf, yet it is... not sure how to describe what I mean, but maybe it doesn't matter. "No Problemos" is fun and warm, with a pleasing melody line and inviting feel.
Great name for a horror surf tune. The menacing walking bass line makes for a solid bottom end to a slightly prancing guitar line. Quite infectious, with an unusual riff and some seldom heard (in surf) guitar effects.
Spanish flair and screams of excitement augment this tasty little number. Infectious and rhythmic, "Cruisin' For A Bruisin'" provides a headin' south adventure backtrack, with a few bumps in the road and a little danger.
Ringing guitar tone, a southwest desert melody line, and a light rhythm section accented with jaws harp... a sparkling slightly demented adventure across an endless expanse. I like this a lot... fun and pretty, relaxing and excited.