I always thought surf and noise rock should hang out more, and that's certainly the case here. ROMANTIC aren't normally a surf group, there's usually a lot more noise and a lot more goth and sometimes a few words, but underneath it all I can confirm that there are surf songs on this EP: especially Misirlou under "blacksurf ii". Check the bandcamp stream out and let me know what you think
Lately I feel like I've been seeing more cassette releases than 7"s. Off the top of my head, there's these guys, Double Crown just released a comp, the Del-Vipers... OK that's all I got right now. Anyway, this one is a bit different from their last LP: I hear less MOAM? influence, and a lot of tempo changes and strange structures that make me think Shadowy Men. There's a few vocal tracks, but mostly instrumental. Also they get some props for being the only Iowa surf band I can think of. Give it a stream here or order a cassette at their bandcamp page.
the swiv-o-matics - the return of the fez men (the return of the fez men)
louie and the louies - backfire (hipbone slim vs sir bald)
kimmo kalaja & friends - Gone With the Sun (Surf Punk)
the tornados - Maleguena (Beyond the Surf!)
The Routes - Hotwired (Instrumentals)
Tony, Vic and Manuel - 319 La Cienega (A Go-Go Hollywood Night Life)
the journeymen - work out (rare surf the south bay bands)
the centurians - surfin' at mazatlan (cowabunga! the surf box)
the routers - pipeline (a-ooga!!!)
the rumblers - intersection (it's a gas!)
I'm a little late on this one, the album was released September 27th, but it just hit Bandcamp today which is how I found out. Condor Gruppe released an excellent EP of otherworldly-though-kinda-groovy surf-tinged instrumentals last year, and this sounds like more of the same. Definitely on the out-there side but I love instro music because it's so different, not because it's the same. Click Read More for a stream
It's been a slow week for surf releases, but Sao Paolo's Os Brutus have given us a three-song EP to help us out. For those of you that don't speak Portugese (including me), Google Translate says the album title means "Dirty City Clumsy". Eh, I don't know. Love the take on the Dead Kennedy's album cover. Great heavy sound on "Nabila", looking forward to hearing more from them.
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