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The Surf Trio - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first ep from Portland's Surf Trio. It is clearly demo quality, but the energy and power of the band are already quite apparent. Looking back from today's work, it's easy to see their prowess back in the mid eighties when this was issued. Solid surf instros.
Picks: Down I-5, Walking The Plank, Cannon Beach, Beach Genius, Crash, I'm Branded, Moment Of Truth

Track by Track Review


Down I-5 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Early work from Eugene's number one surf monsters. The demo sound detracts some from the delivery, but the band carries it off anyway. Very infectious. The murky sound has somehow not bothered me much with this track.

Walking The Plank dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Power surf, power double picking, power delivery. A fine tune in the high energy trad mold. Very strong writing, and powerful delivery. Even the drum solo is interesting. Did I mention the power?

Cannon Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cannon Beach" is a good modern surf tune. It sports lots of chunk, and growly lead guitar tone, and a very surfable melody line. Memorable, well written, and fun.

Beach Genius dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Progression based, whammied, and chunky. This is a very good modern surf track. It growls, it howls, it rhythmically chunks. Love and kisses to the purveyors of brilliantly simple work like this.

Crash dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Creations' tune has been done better. This is competent, but nothing special. I love this tune, so I gotta pick it.

I'm Branded dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf backtrack under Link Wray chunk-chord wonderment. Powerful, rhythmic and evil.

Moment Of Truth dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A solid cover of the Original Surfaris' version of this tune. Not as energetic or powerful as the original, or the Eliminators' or Apemen's versions.