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Wave Invasion - Which Way To The Beachdotdotdotdot
artworkWave Invasion came out of the ashes of Surf Beat, from which came Vince Motel - guitar, and Jeff Dover - drums. The other members of the band are Richard Fisher - bass, and Andrew Motel - guitar. They are headquartered in Norco, California. The demo sound seems to me to be an impedance to full enjoyment, but the originals are mostly solid, and the covers often fresh and inventive.
Picks: Elevated Operator, Which Way To The Beach, The Simpsons, Blacktoppin', Undun, Formosa Rectangle, Arkansas Wetsuit, Surf Bound, Wish You Were Her, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Beaches and Hodads, Eleanor Rigby, Drownin' Out, Port Vue, Bangalore, A Summer Place, Surf's Upper

Track by Track Review


Elevated Operator dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Open road surf for an adventure on the holiday highway. The riff is splendid, and the rhythmic energy solid. Lots of optimism and charm here.

Which Way To The Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy damped reverb rhythm guitar backs a basic riff. The energy is great, but the melody line weak.

The Simpsons dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Homer rides the bigguns, while Bart shoots the curb. This is a cool track, a cross between surf and a cartoon journey. Simple and fun, with splashing glissandoes, and a double picked verse to boot.

Blacktoppin' dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The road calls, but the riff doesn't gel. Kinda noodly. I suspect a different mix would help.

Undun dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Guess Who's "Undun" is instrumentalized. It;s surprising how well it works this way. Nice track.

Formosa Rectangle dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The warble of a Theremin launches "Formosa Rectangle" on its way to the curl. Mix issues aside, the song is a fun journey along an adventure road, with a good melody line and a bit of spookiness. Great drums and fluid playing from all.

Arkansas Wetsuit dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hickoidal splashing and dashing down a country road in search of a hoedown. Funnin' is the main thing here.

Surf Bound dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty cool version of the Nevegans' [Teen Beats] "Surf Bound," with plenty of energy and spunk. It's an excellent performance and arrangement, with a full-on delivery. Reverent without being a replica.

Wish You Were Her dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wish You Were Her" is tastefully done, with a sultry opening and fluid main body. The melody runs well, and the energy is all there.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Enio Morricone's magical "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" is all decked out in an Indian beat and plenty of Italian drama. This is an original arrangement that stands up well against the pack. The rhythmic beat and solid power, and the thundering bass lines combine to create a fine version.

Beaches and Hodads dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Beaches and Hodads" is rockin' somewhat bluesy song with a quirky arrangement. At first, it seems odd, but soon enough it grows on you, and you're hooked.

Eleanor Rigby dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I think this is the only surf versions of this song. The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" works well instrumentally, because of it's excellent melody. Rhythmic, whammy chorded, surfable, and charming. Very cool!

Drownin' Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a saucy rhythm, "Drownin' Out" plays like a blues for a party. It's a fun song with a catchy little riff.

Port Vue dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Port Vue" is a heavy song with an interesting melody. On the sad side, with great percussion and bass, it's an adventurous song for a drive down a coastal highway.

Bangalore dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Blazers' shredder "Bangalore" gets tribal drums and lots of texture. A solid cover with lots of drive and panache. The rippin' glissandoes provide extra fire.

A Summer Place dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Percy Faith's "Theme From A Summer Place" runs softly like the last dance romancer it is. Very pretty.

Surf's Upper dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vibrato shimmer opens this song. As it rises, it develops edge and drama, then fires into dueling shredder guitars and power lines. This is the highlight of the disc, with amazing dominance for 5 minutes of tubular dreams. Excellent!