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Urban Surf Kings - The Man From S.U.R.F.dotdotdot
artworkThis band has blended some elements of the Torpedoes, Eddie Angel's Guitar Party, and Link Wray, all strained through their unique vision. Quite a tasty set of recordings. I'm looking forward to a CD release.
Picks: Kookie's Comb, Guy Caballero, The Man From S.U.R.F., Secret Agent Man, Giant Cow, Moncton Stomp, Invisible Ray

Track by Track Review


Kookie's Comb dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Countrified simplicity of the sort Eddie Angel might twang out with Guitar Party, but with a bit of low-E picking.

Guy Caballero dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Torpedoes-like tune with very cool big guitar picking. The meter is sloppy, but the concept and heart are excellent.

The Man From S.U.R.F. dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Punk rocking Torpedoes-like approach and lots of rockabilly beat energy.

Secret Agent Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Johnny Rivers had a hit with the Steve Barry / PF Sloane theme to the US network TV series originally called Danger Man in the UK. One guitar works too hard on this track - a second would fill it out without the obvious filler activity. The sound is big and full and the punkabilly energy is mighty fine.

Giant Cow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums and big guitar twang. A very nice melody. Again, a second guitar is needed. Still, it's the best track on the demo, especially the ska bridge. Very cool song.

Moncton Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big and dramatic with great drums. The melody is delivered in the same octave in all verses, so it's a bit repetitious. The break is way cool. Love the toms!

Invisible Ray dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big slow vibrato low-E extra cool ominosity... The swamp ethos is not lost here, and the pace is quite relaxing, almost painfully slow. Really moody and mysterious. I'd guess this brings the masses impatient joy in the clubs.