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Susan and the SurfTones - Four New Onesdotdotdot
artworkThis CD-R is an advance look at the new Susan and the SurfTones CD that is in-process. Personnel on these sessions are Susan Yasinski - guitar, Avory Gray - organ, Dan Fergusen - bass, and Matt Miner - drums.
Picks: Vincent 87, Deathmobile, Over You, Shanghai Hotel

Track by Track Review


Vincent 87 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The guitar lines and tone are significantly different for the band. The melody is well developed and gentle. "Vincent 87" is a very fluid and summery instro with a compelling and warm sound. Avory's organ adds a kind of Summer of Love feel to the track. Marky Kelly co-wrote the song with Susan Yasinski, and plays on it as well. I found my self listening to this repeatedly. It's a pleasant song that hooks right into a sunny mood. A very nice track!

Deathmobile dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The rhythm guitar is fuzzed out, adding an edge and chunk to "Deathmobile." The song is a little garage, a little biker, a little surf. It's a bit thick and slightly dangerous. Bassist Dan Fergusen wrote this and played the rhythm guitar.

Over You dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rhythmic chunk guitar chords back Avory's organ as she plays the melody line. The rhythmic chords are infectious, and the song works surprisingly well in instrumental form. "Over You" is a Brian Ferry / Phil Manzanera composition from their days with Roxy Music.

Shanghai Hotel dotdotdot
Surf Blues (Instrumental)

"Shanghai Hotel" is a bluesy number that roles along like it's late on a Saturday night in a soul food bar where surfers do the hang. Electric and modern, yet very much like Chicago Blues at the beach.