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The Vivisectors - 2000-2003 Promo Versiondotdotdot
artworkTwenty seven demo tracks from Russia's latest instro outfit the Vivisectors. In some ways, they are all over the map, with some surf, some blues, some country, and a lot of garage or frat rock, yet they maintain continuity with just enough similarities so you know who you are listening to at all times. Some fine developmental music here, just waiting for a great studio recording. My absolute fave is "El Zorro Theme."
Picks: Africa, Crazyness, My Girl, Psychotronic Generator, Go-Go, El Zorro Theme, Cemetery Boogie, Lone Dancer, Pigman, Pretty, White Truck, Transylvanian Train, Austin, Charlie, Keep On Truckin', Mom Blues, Somewhere In A Big City, Alien In A Government, Run-Run-Run!!, Cowboy Surfer, Good Time, Fried Chicken, Mad, The House Of The Rising Sun, Radio Spell, Monkey Hunter, Russki Psycho

Track by Track Review

Africa dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Whistling organ runs accompaniment for a sorta spy guitar line. "Africa" is a nicely written piece of music. Some fuzz, some shimmer, some mystery, some pumpin' drums and throbbin' bass. Cool track.

Crazyness dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

the swirly Leslie gives "Crazyness" a sense of sixties spy spoofs. The riff is pretty minimal, yet it seems to work OK. The thickness of the track adds to the strange attraction.

My Girl dotdotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

"My Girl" is a funny track. It is more or less a continuing riff, a rhythm dominated instro like many a reggae song or space drone. Its double picked hypnotic guitar, as well as the space metal chop chords a la Hawkwind are inviting. It's not often this sort of thing pulls me in, but this track does. Coolness!

Psychotronic Generator dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

As the title might suggest, "Psychotronic Generator" seems ripe for a B-movie horror film score with a near-ska sensibility. Hypnotic and pretty cool.

Go-Go dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Like a pumpin' version of go-go singles of the early sixties, coupled with a spy-ish riff. "Go-Go" is a garage song with the style its title implies and a bit of horror too, plus some tasteful surf guitar lines.

El Zorro Theme dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track has great drums! they drive it through an almost Brazilian beat while the guitar plays a great melody line. "El Zorro Theme" is one cool song with a very infectious beat and a haunting melody. Outstanding!

Cemetery Boogie dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Heavy churchyard after midnight doings are chronicled in this aptly titled riff rocker. The feel of the sixties frat rock horror instro is captured well.

Lone Dancer dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Kinda like a lonesome "Comin' Home Baby," this track has a melodic sadness about it, yet also is pumped and edgy. Vibrato throbs and interesting blends of ideas.

Pigman dotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

"Pigman" is a riff rocker with echoed drums and a grodie bar room brawl kinda sound. Gruff and ruff, with a basic sound.

Pretty dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Based on a simple riff, "Pretty" is not pretty, but more like a sub-surf run gone to the alley. It seems like it's on the verge of becoming a fine surf instro with some reverb and more variation in textures and octaves. Kinda catchy, and relentless.

White Truck dotdotdot
Cowboy Garage (Instrumental)

With hints of truck drivin' cowboy honky tonk, "White Truck" is the kind of song that would warm up the band before the front man comes out to woo the chicks. Just catchy enough.

Transylvanian Train dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

On the mean side, with some dangerous lurking shadows. "Transylvanian Train" is a little haunting, slightly unsettling, and yet friendly. Spooky graveyard rock.

Austin dotdotdot
Cowboy Garage (Instrumental)

If the title leads you to expect the twang of Texas or the intensity of those big guitars, you'll be in the wrong frame of mind. It does have "that beat," and it is kinda country cool. A tasteful riff with enough changes and atmospherics.

Charlie dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

After a threatening introduction, "Charlie" runs amuck on a tuff rockin' riff and steady beat. A garage frat bar room intro with power and intensity, and a thumpin' attack. The multiple guitar parts work well against each other, and the break is a good change from the main song.

Keep On Truckin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Keep On Truckin'" is NOT a Grateful Dead anthem... it's a surfable vibrato twanged circular riffed instro with a dark and inviting melody line. A little more variation and it will be quite a fine surf instro.

Mom Blues dotdotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

"Mom Blues" is a slow moving moody blues instro with subdued organ and long bass notes. Hinting of San Francisco blues bands circa 1967, it harkens to a sultry night and wincing guitarist. It has all the requisite torture to be a fine blues instro.

Somewhere In A Big City dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Horns a-honkin' bring forward an organ infested riff rocker. The progression is not overwhelming, yet the variations and relentless nature of the track keep you focused.

Alien In A Government dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

On the faster side, "Alien In A Government" riffs and rocks like there's a stranger in the DMV and only you know it. Some solid vibrato a la Sweden's Rumblers. Tuff and fun.

Run-Run-Run!! dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

A long intro eventually yields to a vibrato edged riff rocker, again with hints of the Rumblers and quite a bit of twang. Nice track.

Cowboy Surfer dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

As the Leslie warbles, the cowboy rides a longboard across a wake. Not surf music at all, yet kinda cool despite the overwhelming level of the organ.

Good Time dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sparkling guitar in a long chord environment where the waves are just off the shore and the sun is setting. "Good Time" is optimistic, twangy, and very cool. This mid tempo song reminds me just a little of the eighties LA band the Wedge, but it's not at all derivative of that sound. Great track.

Fried Chicken dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

With checkered napkins for wipin' those fingers after the lickin' is all done, the Vivisectors make nice with a barn dancin' picnic prancin' good time song. Way too fun!

Mad dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Dark and spy-menacing, with churning Leslie, "Mad" is an angry song with an unsettling almost horror edge. Rough textured and pumpin' rock.

The House Of The Rising Sun dotdotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

This is an interesting treatment of the blues classic "The House Of The Rising Sun," with big vibrato and throbbing fuzz lead. Powerful and graceful, dark and moody, and just grindy enough. Totally cool!

Radio Spell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A thin guitar and percussion start out like they are emanating from a table radio... after a verse or two, the full bodied sound comes forth, revealing the damped second guitar and whirly organ. The melody is attractive and very simple. Surfable with richly vibratoed guitar.

Monkey Hunter dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

A galloping beat launches "Monkey Hunter," but disappears in favor of a solid rock beat under a colorful riff and well suited organ. The melody line is excellent, and the haunting sound of the organ adds a reverent sense of danger to the vibrato guitars.

Russki Psycho dotdotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

The clock ticks off the seconds as the wacko gets ready to explode. "Russki Psycho" becomes a heavy dark epic with a mechanical beat and lots of power. Strong and menacing, with an interesting melody line. It continues to rise throughout the song, with some fine textural changes.