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The Tritons - Demodotdotdotdot
artworkThe Tritons play a dark and brooding surf born of baritone guitar. Imagine what might have been if Jet Harris and Tony Meehan had been from Manhattan Beach instead of London. Another reference point might be the Centurions. This is minimalist surf with a curiously engaging low register sound.
Picks: Bikini Wipeout, Beneath The Wheel, La Palma, Roughshod, Perdition

Track by Track Review


Bikini Wipeout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bikini Wipeout" has a catchy riff that's deep and dark. The contrast between the catchiness of the surf and the deep grumble of the baritone guitar is quite something. This is vintage in a graveyard sort of way. Boomy, but very scary.

Beneath The Wheel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Featuring a spaghetti western-ish melody line and surf adventure in low down darkness, "Beneath The Wheel" is fanciful and traveling, while being gloomy. Very cool!

La Palma dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rumbling and grumbling, "La Palma" reminds me of a cross between the Impacts and the Centurions. The darkness of the Centurions is used to deliver an Impacts-like melody riff. Quite nice.

Roughshod
Surf (Instrumental)

The simple classic sound of something that might be born of surf and Link Wray (no, it's not Link's song) lends itself to a surf jam that's fun and vintage in structure. The break from "Wipe Out" breaks up the track, along with hints of Johnny Fortune. Cool track.

Perdition dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This demo was scoured from the web somewhere. It's a very minimalist number that's dark, and yet surf-optimistic. Very little melody, as if the progression is enough - and it seems to be. There's a hint of "Bat Man" in the bridge.