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The Twinkle Arrows - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThe Twinkle Arrows (Chip, Chop, and Bingo) playa delightfully unassuming music in the shadow of the many small combos that issued singles in the fifties. Fresh with exuberant energy and faithful to the period, these four tracks are a joy. They don't play surf, but if you appreciate the roots of surf, you just might enjoy the Twinkle Arrows.
Picks: Engine Stop, Bad Finger, Jumping Shoes, Miss. Camel

Track by Track Review


Engine Stop dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Engine Stop" is a rompin' chicken boppin' instro in the mold of fifties rock. Lots of guitar accents and fun in this delightful track.

Bad Finger dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Reminiscent of the back track to the Shandells' "Go Go Gorilla," this is a raw fifties instro sports a real sense of the era it implies. It's completely unassuming, and is very basic. Quite fun.

Jumping Shoes dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Twinkle Arrows have created an instro with a "Heat Wave" kind of feeling, coupled with the innocence of the original small town rockabilly bands that used to put instro on their b-sides. Pleasing.

Miss. Camel dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Raw backwoods rockin', with a bit of a polka beat and the kind of country guitar noodling that permeated b-sides in the fifties. Very infectious! Aside from title similarities, "Miss. Camel" is completely unrelated to Cookie and the Twinkle Arrows' splendid "Mr. Camel" , which appeared on Wild Sazanami Beat Vol. 2.