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Twang - Licensed To Thrilldotdotdotdot
artworkThe Twang Creatures are now just Twang. This is their first release. It's quite an adventure in horror and really good surf, with good originals, and a few covers that are completely rearranged.
Picks: Licensed To Thrill, Diabolica, Detonator, Apres Ski, Twangsylvania, The Quiet Surf, Night Of The Twang Creatures, Sputnik Saslyk, Donauwellen, Casbah, The Creatures Walk Among Us, Staccalegato

Track by Track Review

Licensed To Thrill dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Licensed To Thrill" slowly rises from the silence of the groove to a rousing and dark surf twangster. Full throated with whammy chords and an organ break. Lots of gutty power and solid drums. Cool track.

Diabolica dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mid tempo darkness fall upon the waves, brought to you by a menacing surf riff. It may be kinda dark, but it's also optimistic and dramatic, without being pompous. "Diabolica" grows on you rather quickly!

Detonator dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Detonator" features an interesting riff that circulates like raptor in search of prey. Slightly gloomy and adventurous, and somewhat infectious as well. Unusual and intriguing.

Apres Ski dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Krontjong Devils' glorious "Apres Ski" is toned down a notch aurally, and delivered with liquid guitar. Not just a solid cover, but powerful and very enjoyable. This low-E rumbler sports a fine melody line similar to the Blazers' "Bangalore" in some respects. Great track!

Twangsylvania dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The wind howls and the guitar rises to screams before launching into double picked surf grumble. Not exactly melodic, but ominous and "horrorific." A little Mediterranean sounding, with Gypsy blood.

The Quiet Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richie Allen and the Pacific Surfers' glorious "Quiet Surf" is delicate and almost like Buddy Merrill arranged it. This is a really nice version of this venerable tune. Splashy and well done, and with an original arrangement.

Night Of The Twang Creatures dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Darkness falls on the "Night Of The Twang Creatures." Fast and powerful in a dark and brooding way, it's a real mover. Excellent dribbling second guitar and a solid beat.

Sputnik Saslyk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Delicate dribbling Russian gypsy surf guitar floats out an emotional and dramatic introduction before launching into a great track! In some ways, it's like a cross between "Swan Lake" and "Lara's Theme." Infectious and rich, reverby and powerful. Great drums and bass, and a fine fluid melody.

Donauwellen dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big surf drama, grumbly low-E surf guitar, splashy reverb, rockin' beat and solid bass. This is a very cool track with a fluid melody of dark moody origin. Very cool!

Casbah dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rewritten intro chord progression changes the expectation as Twang launches into a solid version of Richard Podolor's extra cool surf rage "Casbah." Less of power speed surf and more a drama power bar for a stormy sea. It's great to hear an original arrangement of this fine song.

The Creatures Walk Among Us dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A tortured pick slide over a lumbering rhythm section opens into a big chord horror film for the waves. Dark and moody. Verse two accelerates the speed and the danger. Verse three rages, then, back to a lumbering dungeonous sound.

Staccalegato dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slow shimmering vibrato number is moody and blue. The delicate damped reverb guitar plucks out a Spanish melody that's very emotional. Then, they launch into a fast attack, and you realize how close this is to "The Victor." The drama and artful arrangement are exceptionally cool. Great track!