The surf band with perhaps the most uncomfortable name since Bambi Molesters have finally released their first full-length, and that mindset of pushing out of the comfort zone is all over this thing. However, this isn’t achieved by merely adding a theremin or doing a spaghetti western song; it’s with unexpected syncopation, different guitar tones, subtle effects and instrumentation. Not only is the band trying new things, but the listener is challenged as well. And most importantly, it works.
The Madeira - Prelude to Launch (Ancient Winds)
Bevel Embos - Tarantula (Celluloid)
The Shockwave - Dusty Sand Sahara (Death Race)
The Unnaturals - Sahara Stomp (Face the Dreaded Kimono Dragon)
swami john reis & the blind shake - Dry Suit (Modern Surf Classics)
Link Wray - Mustang (law of the jungle)
Carl Simmons' Orchestra - Boodoo (45)
The Adventurers - Trail Blazer (45)
The Deuce Coupes - Gear Masher (hotrodders' choice)
the vara-tones - repeto (jetty subject to high surf)
the starfires - Somethin' Else (surf guitars rumble)
The Head Henchmen - Cissy Surf (Oh no! It's the Head Henchmen)
The Clee-Shays - Dynamite (45)
Willie Joe and his Unitar - Unitar Rock (45)
The Showboats - Too much (45)
The Silvertones - Get It (45)
Guitar Gable - Gumbo Mombo (45)
The Del-Vipers - Rumhammered (Cannibal Safari)
The Dustaphonics - rockarolla boogaloo (100% instrumental)
moms I'd like to surf - soulstep for the masses (beach control to major knob)
The Dustburds - Pluggin' & Twistin' (summer pleasures)
The Fuzillis - The Flop (Grind a Go Go vol. 1)
The Roemans - Misirlou (45)
Man or Astro-man led the charge of a new b-movie punk branch of instrumental surf. That reach extended globally but their crash-landing in Alabama left a radioactive fallout that spawned instro bands within a small radius for years to come. Kill Baby Kill (now The KBK) came along much later, but spilled out of the same crater and stuck around long enough to make an impact on many of us. When I spoke to Chad Shivers, organizer of Southern Surf Stomp, member of the Mystery Men? and currently bassist for The KBK, he told the main reason he joined the band is because it’s meaningful to him and he didn’t want it to go dormant. Kill Baby Kill played the first benefit I ever did for Storm Surge of Reverb and it was better than I could have imagined, so I totally get it.
Here in New Orleans it’s carnival time. Nearly every night this week there are parades all over the city. Once you’ve been to enough of these parades, they lose a lot of their appeal, and as that happens your focus draws away from the flashy floats and the beads flying through the air and towards one of the most underappreciated facets of New Orleans culture: the high school marching bands. The New Orleans tradition of small brass ensembles have been slowly getting more of their due, but these marching bands don’t cut albums and are rarely experienced outside of carnival.
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