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Rev Hank and the Wadadli Riders - Rev Hank Meets The Wadadli Ridersdotdotdotdot
artworkRev Hank Meets The Wadadli Riders is simply a very good five tracker. Consistently good playing and writing that will bring you back for more. Urban Surf Kings' lead ax Rev Hank fronts Italy by way of Antigua's one and only surfband lead by Surfer Joe.
Picks: Runaway Beach, Switchblade Flip, Teenage Walk, Do The Earl, The Savage Scooter

Track by Track Review


Runaway Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Runaway Beach" sports a highly original melody line that's very fun and rich. It's playful and warm. Muted lines in the bridge add charm. The bass meanders through a fine pattern, and the drums deliver an adventurous and engaging beat. A fine song!

Switchblade Flip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums and a circular bass line pump up a very cool melody riff, which has some cool whammy, occasional dissonance, and a generally fluid manner. "Switchblade Flip" is a friendly and endearing track.

Teenage Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Structured in a very traditional fashion, "Teenage Walk" has a vintage presurf flow and cool reverb. The bass line walks long a fine coastal path with an adventurous swagger. The guitar, as focus of the song, is whammy dipped and late fifties leaning.

Do The Earl dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

generally in an exotic mold, "Do The Earl" has tiki leanings, wonderful whammy chords, and superb drums. It's interesting how important the bass is during the jazzy-jammy parts. There's a Mediterranean feel to the melody, which suggests pop hits gone by. Very nice!

The Savage Scooter dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy and Davie Allan nods in a big but less edgy sound. "The Savage Scooter" has some lovely and some intense moments as it drifts between angular distortion and muted reverb. This is really cool!