Chad Shivers (organizer of the Southern Surf Stomp, plays in The Mystery Men?, KBK, plenty of others bands) champions The Flying Faders’ debut album No Sweat as one of the best surf albums of the past 10 years. I like it, but it never quite grabbed me enough. I couldn’t tell you why, and I can’t tell you why their new LP seems to fix whatever it was. Tectonic Shifts is a great album.
The over-the-the top party feeling that you get from a band name that seemingly promises you both sex and (presumably) butt-shaking feels kind of ironically imposed when you actually listen to this album. It’s not sad or particularly listless or anything, it’s totally danceable, but there’s a sour and strange feeling to this. My first thought was a sort of vaporwave via surf, but I think something closer would be a Twin Peaks comparison. Not so much directly to Angelo Badalamenti, but the feel of the show itself.
Surf-a-Tomica - malaga stomp (A por la ola del Melillero)
The Jagaloons - Bongo Banana (Ruin the Party)
The A-Bones - El Kabong (Life of Riley)
the intoxicators - I am the creator... Time is the Destroyer! (Easter Eggs on Halloween)
Bo Diddley - Diddling (Bo Diddley is a Gunslinger)
The Motions - Beatle Drums (45)
The Creations - The Crash (Surf-Age Nuggets)
The Hondells - the sidewinder (The Hondells)
The Tempests - Lemon Lime (strummin mental vol 4)
Los Rockets - Tarantula (Los Rockets)
This is a band that’s straight-ahead with their delivery, so I’ll do the same: El Zeb nail it.
Let’s jump straight to what’s important here: percussion.
A lot of bands reach for that spy sound, and while some try to get there via mimicry of John Barry, the real key isn’t in what you’re twangin’ but what you’re bangin’. Maeds Dominos sometimes have the snare restricted to surbeat, but you can expect it to be joined by bongos, glockenspiel (?), tambourine… it’s extremely well done and expands the whole feeling of the songs beyond mere guitar aggression.
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