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The Vampires - Vampmexico / Instant Surfer / Hey Freddotdotdot
artworkThe Vampires' new single has the charm and draw of their CD. The songs within are primitive, primal, and powerful. These three rhythmic and relentless instros have an intensity that gives away their German homeland. Based in surf, the songs employ totally non-surf structures that stretch out to 4 and five minutes, and make for riveting listening.
Picks: Vampmexico, Instant Surfer, Hey Fred

Track by Track Review


Vampmexico dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a down right scary track. It opens innocently enough with almost carnival keys and fireworks, but soon lunges into a dissonant relentless fuzz surf noise assault. It's nerve wracking intensity and floating antiquity make for a totally unique listen. Darn cool!

Instant Surfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The surf rolls in, the drums take off, the bass rumbles, the surf guitar whammies big chords, and the lead riff menaces all who dare listen. More crunch than melody, more Link Wray structure than surf, yet the glissandoes and watery string bending place it inside the surf circle. Very interesting track.

Hey Fred dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

You might expect a vocal from the title, but the surf rules here. Power hungry, edgy, plundering, and a little repetitious, yet with the enticing structure of a primitive rock 'n' roll instro. Nice track.