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TCB Hit Squad - Beware Of The Monkeydotdotdot
artworkThis CD-R from TCB Hit Squad covers quite a bit of ground. Some surf instros, some uncomfortable surf influenced instros, and some strange vocals. The sound is mixed like a demo (not the too-much-kick-drum kind), yet it seems to work with the material OK. Some very interesting stuff here. It's outside the envelope in a disquieting way, so it may be an acquired taste, yet once into it, it can please. Take a chance on something very different.
Picks: Viva Los Toros, Surf Till You Die!, The Red Tide, Get It On, Surf Rider, Get Out And Push, Monkey See Monkey Kill, Charlie Hodge Homicide, Pigeon Wing

Track by Track Review


Viva Los Toros dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shouts of Olé and a throbbing rhythm, however relentless, are topped off by guitar alternating between low gutty double picking and psychedelic meandering. Unusual.

Surf Till You Die! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf Till You Die!" is a groovy track based on a progression, and sporting some nifty lead chord plucking under a subtle lead melody. Surprisingly interesting.

The Red Tide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is among the surfier tracks here, with a dry click-click rhythm track, tight drums and bass, and ringing lead guitar providing a light and playful melody line. "The Red Tide" frolics and grins throughout.

Get It On dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This gloomy track employs a dark and simple progression to great effect. There are enough variations to avoid the culdesac of repetition.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf Rider" rings of shimmering vibrato second guitar and drips of surf lead. Modern, yet respectful, with a touch of sadness.

Get Out And Push dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Get Out And Push" features an interestingly textured lead guitar sporting an adventurous melody line. A little on the down side, yet bouncy, this floats interestingly on a vibrating cushion. Quite cool.

Monkey See Monkey Kill dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yikes, this is one interesting track. "Monkey See Monkey Kill" is playful, yet disturbed, with monkey grunts and squeals, and ringing surf guitar over a completely nontraditional beat. It has a sense of experimental lab about it, while retaining surf roots.

Charlie Hodge Homicide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Charlie Hodge Homicide" is optimistic, yet uncertain. Damped reverb, mumblin' bass, throbbing low-E lead, and a menacing sound.

Pigeon Wing dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This chorded track churns out gloomy instrumental warnings of doom to come. Birds of a feather surf together. Pretty repetitious.