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The Violentures - Garage Boostersdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first CD from the Violentures, who grew in part out of the very original Orestes Prezza, not that they sound like that. Mostly very heavy, with an interesting blend of grunge and surf and rockabilly that is quite compelling. Vocals include the hard edged "REC (Recognize Me)," the dark and heavy "Black Widow"
Picks: Intro, Shake'n Move, Casbah Fever, Endless Girls, Garage Boosters, TPM, Las Vegas Inferno, Matchbox, Astro Man, Mafia

Track by Track Review

Intro dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Intro" is an introductory riff rocker with a tuff double picked circular melody line. It's angular and spunky, plays loud really well. The melody line goes through style changes in the middle, passing through a softer and almost Southern rock-like verse, and then a muted reverbed delicate verse.

Shake'n Move dotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Hard driving rock'n'groove with a garage-frat edge and ample party tension. Two vocal verses adds a lot of girl-boy frat trauma.

Casbah Fever dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Danger surf and steamy back street romance, heard through a harsh aural spectrum create a song with a sensual feeling and mysterious foreign intrigue. This is not the melodic variety of Middle Eastern surf instro, but is ore about the tension and uneasy nights. Very cool.

Endless Girls dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mid-tempo smooth with edge and big drums. Like grunge at the beach, "Endless Girls" is a melodic and sturdy song with heavy sound and a thick ambiance. If you liked Plank, this will suit your fancy.

Garage Boosters dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very cool rhythm and beat, solid arranging, ending liberated lines from "Wipe Out." This is all about the beat. There are choruses of the title in some verses.

TPM dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Delicate tremolo guitar and moody sound in a bluesy rock format create a rhythmic flow and angular attraction. Eventually hardening, "TPM" moves through very heavy verses that are quite grunge-like. The number of changes keep it interesting throughout.

Las Vegas Inferno dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy chords, big grunge snare, harsh rhythm progression, and muted chops. More riff rock than the others here, and more relentless, "Las Vegas Inferno" commands attention. It's augmented with occasional demented calls and a rock solo.

Matchbox dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is kind of a grunge attack on rockabilly. "Matchbox" builds to quite a heavy crescendo, yet is playful and grin-worthy. It's not related at all to the fifties standard of the same name.

Astro Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Astro Man" is a heavy and fast instro with a tasteful melody riff and great drums and bass. The drive is obvious, and its movement through several changes keeps it fresh. The tweakiness of the effects in the middle add to the mix.

Mafia dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mafia" starts soft and thin, gradually fills out to a moody and melodic instro with multi textural sounds and arranging. It's dramatic, yet moody in a blues-rock kind of way. In some ways, it reminds me of Kraut Rock, maybe like Epitaph on their harsher days.