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Voodoo Band - Capitalists Goodbuy!dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a mighty cool album of surf instros with imagination and power. Quite a nice find!
Picks: Cowboys Are Running Wild, Messin' With A MotorChick, Tommy Gun, Psychos, Underwater Dance, Heavy Metal Rolling Stones, Petrozavodsk Surf, Disco, Happy Voodoo Jazz End, Peter Gunn, Mr. Eliminator, Umka, AC/DC, Monkey Dance Improvisation

Track by Track Review

Cowboys Are Running Wild dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Big whammy twang surf with punk attitude and double picked joy. The melody line is really good, and the band in top form. Parts of the song shred, parts ring with shimmer, and the rest swims in textural whammy.

Messin' With A MotorChick dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Messin' With A MotorChick" is more rock than surf. It sports high energy and a dramatic transition into the break. Quite intense.

Tommy Gun dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

A bit of Link Wray, glissandos and surf playing, rough textured tone, and a puny rhythm section... The break is superb as an additional guitar fires in with more surfy attack. Wonderful!

Psychos dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Big whammy rock instro intensity and large aural flair give "Psychos" a hybrid sound, part rock, part surf, and part post psychedelic.

Underwater Dance dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The water laps at the shore as "Underwater Dance" begins its journey. Slow and shimmering gentle, the song is both easy and loud. It's quit a change of pace, and very cool.

Heavy Metal Rolling Stones dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A bit on the dark side, this track lumbers at a seventies prog metal pace for a while, but then the double picking comes in and the beat picks up. "Heavy Metal Rolling Stones" is more rock than surf, but t sure does suggest shortboards!

Petrozavodsk Surf dotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

A rough glissando and rockish surf beat introduce a dark and grode number with a fluid break. "Petrozavodsk Surf" grows on you via it's double picked lines, muted fills, and whammy warble.

Disco dotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Big twang and strong drums. There are some really nice guitar lines, and the melody riff is nicely written. The bass really holds this together. No, there's not a drop of disco here!

Happy Voodoo Jazz End dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Aggressive punk instro with thick guitars and a cool riff. The break is particularly nice. I'm not sure why jazz is in the title, 'cuz "Happy Voodoo Jazz End" is all rock.

Peter Gunn dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Bass grumble and an almost Mick Green approach to the guitar, along with superb drums. This is a dark rendering of "Peter Gunn" captured live. It presents a very solid glimpse of the actual trio sound of this band in contrast to the multiple guitars in the studio sessions.

Mr. Eliminator dotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

This is a tuff trio excursion through Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Mr. Eliminator." The whammy adds a lot to this otherwise sparse arrangement. Great power and soaring guitar!

Umka dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

"Umka" starts off as an interesting guitar solo over the bleakness of a cold wind. Then, the band rises up to delivery a strong mid tempo rock instro with plenty of note bending. The double picked verse says surf.

AC/DC dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

This is really cool. Speedy guitar flash, rough textured tone, and melodies from classic instros, including "Miserlou" and "When The Saints Go Marching In." This is very entertaining and fun!

Monkey Dance Improvisation dotdotdotdot
Surf Punk (Instrumental)

Faux monkey calls and a chop chord extravaganza of trio intensity. This is much more than that. "Monkey Dance Improvisation" is particularly intense and surf-danger interesting.