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Los Ultrasonoros - Rumble!dotdotdotdot
artworkLos Ultrasonoros play garage instros born of surf and Link Wray. Some tracks show remarkably simple and highly original arrangement variations that take common covers from the just-another-cover category into notable original territory. there's another CD from these guys somewhere... perhaps one day I'll come across it.
Picks: Rumble, Straitjacket, Blues Theme, Dinosaur, Green Onions, Baja, California Sun, Mister Moto, Hanky Panky, Commanche, Backfire, Billy Boy

Track by Track Review


Rumble dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's monster signature tune "Rumble" rises from a bit of soundtrack chatter to big edgy guitar distortion as it should, but most uniquely, there's very cool trumpet adding a sense of mariachi gone bonkers. This is totally original while being completely reverent!

Straitjacket dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Funky percussion and dark distortion add an original touch to Los Straitjackets' "Straitjacket." Very garagy, yet crisp and angular.

Blues Theme dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Raspy dirty lead guitar tone is exactly what the doctor ordered for this interpretation of Davie Allan's best known work. The second guitar plays very simple chords that are not at all in the original, merging newness and vintage ugly for an interesting effect.

Dinosaur dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

"Dinosaur" is grode and dirty and menacing, as required. The sixties garage band harmonica gives it a bewildering contrast. It's all about the fuzz and the not-fuzz at odds with each other, yet in harmony. very cool!

Green Onions dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Easily one of the more original takes on Steve Cropper's song, this is all dirty and raspy, yet retains a strange variant on the soul of the original. Quite nice.

Baja dotdotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Muted stereo delayed lead guitar and different drums give Lee Hazelwood's best known surf instro a whole new feel. The song's new life is captivating because of its stark differences, yet retains a sense of familiarity. Very original and surf-worthy.

California Sun dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Very dirty lead guitar and aggressive drums pound out a nasty variant of The Rivieras' classic. The psychedelic wah and soaring solo in the break takes it off on a sidetrip, but returns it to the main theme.

Mister Moto dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson's 1961 classic is done with stereo delayed echo and garage guttiness. This is a bit reminiscent of late seventies / early eighties single covers, with distortion and reverence.

Hanky Panky dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Tommy James and the Shondells' frat classic "Hanky Panky" works much better as an instro than you'd expect. dark and fuzzy, yet bright and grin inducing. The drums are spatially reverbed, adding a sense of largeness.

Commanche dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Bongos add exotic charm to Link Wray and his Raymen's "Commanche." Simple and dirty and direct with big tom toms.

Backfire dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

"Backfire's" simple riffology is great fodder for Los Ultrasonoros. garage with pomp.

Billy Boy dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

A very basic rock progression right outta rockabilly a la Eddie Angel is grunted out. gritty and angular.