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The Waistcoats - The Surfisticated Sounds Of The Waistcoatsdotdotdot
artworkThe Netherlands is home to many a surf band, it seems. The Waistcoats have a vital intense and garage based sound. Much of the music is riff rockish, like the Kinks, which begs the comparison on the vocal tracks - like the Kinks with Miracle Workers vocalizing.
Picks: Mururoa, Valley Of The Mondo Apes, Nautiloid Reef, Camel Ride To The Tomb, Run Salman Run, Waistcoat Wipeout, Hangover, Stingray

Track by Track Review


Mururoa dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Aggro fuzz instro assault... riff rock mostly, but with major drive and edge, and double picked guitar rage. It's like a shortboard day on the storm break. Not really very surfy, but very aggressive.

Valley Of The Mondo Apes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Link Wray-like number with choppy fast playing and glissandoes for major energy.

Nautiloid Reef dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cleaner than the Mongols' cover, but grodier than the Nautiloids' original. Aggressively restrained... if that makes sense. This is a solid tune, and this version is excellent.

Camel Ride To The Tomb dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fuzz attack at the pyramid of the forgotten. Not quite biker fuzz, not exactly surf based either. "Camel Ride To The Tomb" is a rousing almost middle eastern rant, with fire in its belly and distortion in its inner ear. A surf backtrack, a riff rock lead line, and real sense of danger looming.

Run Salman Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very strange instro, with some of the expected middle eastern feel, but mostly a garage attack and chord grind. Fiery glissandoes and shredmaster guitar.

Waistcoat Wipeout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The bass opens with a line from "Eight Miles High." The guitar drives a slow dangerous ride across a middle eastern gulf break. This is the highlight of the disc.

Hangover dotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Sometimes the Waistcoats really rock. This unmemorable and undeveloped instro is not one of those times. Chunky and rhythmic.

Stingray dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Garage assaultive sorta like Gene Gray, only much faster. The opening is tom-tom driven. Mostly a riff rock number, it does have a certain charm about it.