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The Surftones - Expose Youself To Surfersdotdotdot
artworkBrand new Finish band, first CD release, and a good buy. While there's an easily identifiable influence of Laika & the Cosmonauts here, there's also plenty of unique markers. The sound is fast and furious, and Finish light, with shades of the Atlantics and a little surf to boot. I found this to be a very listenable CD.
Picks: Spies Of Bermuda, Fore, Return Of The Zu-Zu Man, Surftown Rock, Waves Of India, Mazatlan, Hit The Lip

Track by Track Review


Spies Of Bermuda dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Laika & the Cosmonauts-like number, fast and furious. The modern keys play a nice counterpoint to the rapid fire double picked guitar work.

Fore dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool extra fast dry chop damped lead over stretched dry chords. Very cool. There's nothing else out there like this. A nice find.

Return Of The Zu-Zu Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Euro melody a la the Shadows or Spotniks, or maybe more like the Atlantics. Very good writing and quite tasty playing.

Surftown Rock dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Speed king music for the ripping glissando crowd. There's a whistling organ at work, as well as a super fast "Telstar"-ish quality. Just unpretentious and weird enough to be catchy and endearing.

Waves Of India dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Quite different than the rest of the tracks here. A pretty melody and ringing lead tones - almost bell like, backed by big dramatic chords. Satisfying.

Mazatlan dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Middle Eastern rage, supplemented with mystery, and all at ninety miles per hour. Super track.

Hit The Lip dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Laika quirky with a very nice melody. A sixties feel and a nineties clean sound. Screams of roller coaster excitement abound.