Lookit dat devil face in the picture. That's the new Satan's Pilgrims! Also got some new Wave Chargers and Five Fingers with Parasol as well as well as still steamin' stuff from Los Straitjackets, The Deep, The Isotopes, Man or Astro-man?, WJLP, and The Telestons. PLUS! I picked up some cool stuff at Record Raid including a killer eleki record by The Spacemen and THREE Louisiana instrumentals -- you don't see those every day....Read more
Five Fingers with Parasol are a trad surf band with with an energy that matches their look. Entirely upbeat, and lighthearted enough to mix The Simpsons theme into their song "Piedra, Papel o Cangrejo". For a trio it sounds surprisingly full, though they are sometimes helped by a fourth guitarist. Sometimes it's hard to convey how good a plain ol' trad surf record can be, but Five Fingers here have done a great job of tapping into that simple essense of fun that real surf is all about. It oughta put a smile on your face.
Digital download on bandcamp or 7" vinyl...Read more
For whatever reason, I skipped over The Wave Chargers first EP, but now that they've struck again I'm paying attention. They play crashing, fast and loud trad surf with a lo-fi production. Definitely getting a little bit of an Apemen vibe from it and they namedrop Les Cavaliers and The Wangs, which I think are appropriate too. Though all tracks are great, the cover of Johnny and the Hurricanes' "Crossfire" really nailed it.
Digital download via bandcamp or 7" vinyl. Would love an LP from these guys.
It's finally here: the comeback record after 8 years following their last comeback record Psychsploitation. They've refocused back on a trad surf sound with a simple, melodic riff-based focus. For a 3-guitar lineup, they keep it surprisingly organized and patient, with those extra layers just making that surf sound deeper. Listening to this on vinyl (more on that in a sec), the combination of those three guitars in unison with a great natural reverb, and top-notch engineering is heavenly for a trad surf guitar nut. That's helped by a perfectly recorded bass...Read more
the barbwires - you son of a beach (searider)
LOS FRENETICOS - New kind of beat (el sonido que perdura)
los straitjackets - shake and pop (What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets)
The telestons - Ekavi's Motorcycle (Poseidon Knows)
bambi molesters - Double Danger (sonic bullets 13 from the hip)
link wray & the wraymen - raw-hide (link wray & the wraymen)
the champs - Mau Mau Stomp (Everybody's Rockin')
the sentinals - latinia (big surf)
the turks - baja (surf-age nuggets)
The Orchids - Twistin' Round the Table (Twistin' at the...Read more
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