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The Surf Riders (Denmark) - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThe 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 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"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.

No Problemos dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

Twangzilla dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

Cruisin' For A Bruisin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

Leap Over Grand Canyon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.