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The Treble Spankers - Arabandotdotdotdot
artworkIncredible Norse surf from Holland. A dryer more European sound with really good material. Where do these amazing Northern European bands keep coming from? I'm totally stoked by this CD, but the most magical track is the lone vocal at the end, which is really a spaghetti western surf instro, with a narrative over the last half. The story is priceless, and the Mexican accent strained through a Dutch accent with exaggerated "R" rolls is just too much for my mirror. Amazingly good record.
Picks: Mirananda, Das Model, The Yellow River, Dilmohammed, Johnny Guitar, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Psychedelic Venture, The Cruel Sea, La Bajada, Black Eyes, Honda 400 Four, Brunhilde, Margaya (Mar Gaya), Araban

Track by Track Review


Mirananda dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A ringing Euro melody, swirling in subtle whammy, and Spanish flair. Melodic, exotic, and bandito driven. Fine damped plucking, and shimmering tones. Coulda been a theme for Burrito, my horse.

Das Model dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yup, it's that tune. Fuzzed lead, twango rhythms, and a standard backtrack. This works really well, even the double picking in the break. Growly and fun.

The Yellow River dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a less interesting track, slight Chinese stereotypical, with Dutch imitation Chinese martial arts cries in spots, and fine whammy and slides. Fun.

Dilmohammed dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This opens with subtle dribbling double picked noodling and rolling toms, then cuts right to the chase with a twangy grodie lead line of extreme simplicity, accented by big chords in the break. It has a definite Middle Eastern melody line, and an eerie sound.

Johnny Guitar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This standard Euro tune is well played, with Spanish touches and whammy shimmer. After a long guitar solo intro, it breaks into a solid and gentle arrangement. Nice listening.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big chords where whistles once dipped, and dark tones combine for a completely different feel than any other cover. It's grodie, mean, evil, reverb drenched, and just plain bitchin'.

Psychedelic Venture dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky hokey playful moderately interesting.

The Cruel Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Mike Maxfield classic, whammied and softly toned. It's a nice version, well delivered, but the guitar tone saps the life out of the obvious playing energy.

La Bajada dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yikes! This is a spirited Middle Eastern surf rage, no ifs, ands or buts. A simple progression, expressive noodling in the proper scales, and speedy double picked lead lines all come together for a hot ride.

Black Eyes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This traditional tune is slowly gently played, delicately dribbled, soulfully sidewalk cafe'd, and slitheringly delivered. It's quite silky and almost funny. It grows on you. Great track.

Honda 400 Four dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fuzzy noisy track that's not very interesting, doesn't have the charm of Davie Allan, or the power. It's well played and all, just didn't grab me.

Brunhilde dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surfy Mediterranean stylings, well played, infectious, and melodic. This is a brilliant tune, with delightful double picked Greek fills. Way cool.

Margaya (Mar Gaya) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a most unusual cover of the Fender Four's great single. It's mot the low-E growler, and doesn't sport the same drum tones. It's a thinner sound, but that's not bad. It works quite well, and the meter, which is all important to this tune, is perfect. Great track.

Araban dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Now, I usually don't review vocals, but this is mostly a Mexican surf instro, with a beautiful haunting melody and dramatic flair, which migrates into a psychedelic backwards tracking arrangement just before dropping under the most hilarious story teller ever. The mere thought of a Dutch accented imitation of a Mexican stereo type telling a silly story about finding a lost love and Burrito (his horse) should be enough to entice you into the track. It's beyond the pale. Worth the price of the CD alone. ."..and here eyes were filled with tears."