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Post date: 03/08/2016 - 08:02
Los Surfer Compadres - Los Surfer Compadres in a Psychedelic Western

One of the things I like about instrumental music is that you're free to craft your own narrative from the music. This is still the case with Los Surfer Compadres' new album, but they've given you a lot of thought pieces to help you along on their album art: surfing with swords, aliens, a cookout, a protest, a bird with a ring on its talon, an angry god...

Indeed the music itself visits spaghetti western, fuzz guitar, a variety of different moods, though there's definitely a pretty...Read more

Post date: 03/04/2016 - 11:38
Thee Sturgeons - Freshwater Freakout EP

This looks like the debut EP from Minnesota's Thee Sturgeons, and they have a lot of fun with it. The most straight-forward surf is "Giant Squid Attack" which already has some fun tradeoffs between guitar parts, but tracks like "Sand Dune" is where I think they're really coming from. Surrounding its middle-eastern flair, is a surprisingly loud fuzzy bass bubbling into a weirdo bellydancing beat with farfisa hovering all around. "Kimchi Gammi" takes that same off-kilter dance groove to a more...Read more

Post date: 03/04/2016 - 11:21
Genki Genki Panic - Spooky Fingers EP

While I think it has gotten better in the 2010s, I think it's understated how often poor sound engineering has held back an otherwise decent surf record. What we have here is the opposite story. Genki Genki Panic's previous releases weren't hampered by their production, but "Spooky Fingers" makes an amazing impression in an instant, setting a brand new idea of what this band is about.

Genki Genki Panic aren't the first horror surf band out there, and plenty have scronked out a fuzzy...Read more

Post date: 03/04/2016 - 10:43
The Thunderchiefs - Crystal Beach/Creature From the Surfers Lagoon 7"

We've got a new 7" out from the Thunderchiefs: trad surf maestros from Austin, Texas. I haven't heard this one yet, but their split with The Surfites "Surf Nut" was well worth it. You can order it from . As far as I can tell, this one is wax only, nuthin' for your hard drives.

Fun fact: if you spoonerize...Read more

Post date: 03/04/2016 - 10:21
Les Tigres du Futur -  Collection Illusions Sonores Vol 2

Les Tigres du Futur have a sound unto themselves, yet familiar enough for the impact to be immediate. As much as this is a guitar-centric site, they mostly serve as the crunchy, grinding infantry force. Leading the charge is the whirlwind keyboard, which deftly straddles both psych/prog mystery and adventure and a hip-shaking mod beat. If that doesn't sound very surf, it's because it's not; I don't hear a shred of Dick Dale, Ventures or even Shadows in this -- MAYBE Davie Allan or Link Wray...Read more

Post date: 03/01/2016 - 07:04
Amphibian Man - Contra Surf

Two weeks after releasing their Speed Power Turbo Racer EP, Amphibian Man have YET ANOTHER release. This is about as easy of a write-up as it gets: heavy surf covers of songs from the Contra Nintendo game. It's as awesome as it sounds, and it's a free download.Read more

Post date: 02/26/2016 - 10:39
The Delstroyers - Here Come the Delstroyers EP

This is the debut EP from Seattle's Delstroyers. The play kick-em-in-the-teeth surf with a little bit of a horror edge to it. The winner of the 4-pack is "Take me to the Hell-Hop" with a some great guitar interplay, and moments of the guitars really cutting loose then cutting back. It's all good, fun, stuff that I could imagine being pretty fun live.

All four tracks are available for free download on their Reverbnation page. Looking foward to hearing what's next from them.

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Post date: 02/26/2016 - 10:13
The Phantom Operators - Hasta Muerte

Though the Phantom Operators never keep you waiting long for more material, this is the second full-length from the Tennessee-based group. When listening to them, there's one word that comes to mind: desolate. The guitars go on and on, but with a bit of a melancholy and not so much of that California brightness. It fits the desert theme that runs thoughout much of the Phantom Operators' material.

That's not to say this is a moper: "Haole A-Go-Go" and "Cannibal Run" are more party-...Read more

Post date: 02/24/2016 - 08:08
Surfoniani - I Surfoniani

Here are 11 originals from Italy's Surfoniani. They've got upright bass, some very drippy guitar and drums, which gel into a bright and sunny modern trad sound. They've got a fair amount of beach party shakers like "Bikini", "Mai Tai Girl", and "Tiki Twist" though also a few cooler ones like "Red Waves". Give it a listen!

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Post date: 02/17/2016 - 06:33
Amphibian Man - Speed Power Turbo Racer EP

Amphibian Man released an LP less than three months ago, so I certainly wasn't expecting more from them, but I'm glad we got this one. "Speed Power Turbo Racer" also happens to be the name of all four tracks on this, and they all get the point across - this is 100% about speed and power to an almost overwhelming extent. Once you get settled a little bit, there are actually some good melodies driving these songs, and at 4 tracks it's over before it's too much -- unless you find it's too much...Read more

Post date: 02/16/2016 - 07:00
The Kanaloas - Surf A Go Go!

The Kanaloas are the latest group to be brought into the Double Crown gang. Though they've been around for a good while, they stuck to 7"s up until this point and might have passed you by (admittedly, this was the case for me). Now they have an 11-song LP under their belt with a simple but pretty choice of album art that broadcasts one thing loud and clear: "Trad". The Kanaloas perform in suits, and serve up 60's styled originals and a few obscure covers. I haven't gotten a copy of this yet...Read more

Post date: 02/16/2016 - 06:42
The Coffin Daggers - Aggravatin' Rhythms

The Coffin Daggers' self-titled LP was a mainstay on Storm Surge of Reverb back in the WESU days. It struck a really great balance between loud, thundering power and traditional surf sensibilities. As I've suggested about , it would be very difficult for them to ever dethrone that effort due to my...Read more

Post date: 02/12/2016 - 02:28
Hang-ten Hangmen - Destination Saturn

I've picked up a few Hang-ten Hangmen EPs a while ago and enjoyed the melodies that came through their goofball lo-fi horror sound. Maybe I missed the switch, but this EP seems to have shifted in a more modern trad direction. Not that I didn't like the old version, but the clips I've heard sound like the change has suited them well! It's punchy, bright, bouncy, and well recorded. You can download it from CDbaby...Read more

Post date: 02/11/2016 - 08:43
Kozyol - Kozyol

I don't know too much about Kozyol - despite being based in Portaldn, I'm guessing at least one of their members is Russian, which would explain why some of these songs are in what I assume to be Russian. Definitely pretty funny for me, writing this on a trip to the nation of Georgia and having just gotten back from the Stalin museum. That really doesn't have anything to do with anything.

Kozyol play a loose, jazzy, flamenco-ish surf. Kinda makes me think of Dead Combo or Big Lazy,...Read more

Post date: 02/10/2016 - 23:44
To Hell With The Moths

The Moths keep at a pretty quick pace both musically and in terms of a release schedule, with 3 releases since last January. Like those others, this is aggressive, loud, and rude. The Moths are only a 3-piece, so they rule with tight playing and power rather than intricacy and composition. And that's fine, they do it well. Free download, give it a try.Read more

Post date: 02/07/2016 - 23:54
Mustard Allegro - Badgerdebon EP

Though recently released, this one is actually pretty old! I'll go ahead and quote their bandcamp page here.

Here is our Incredably difficult second release which has taken nine years to actually release. We got carried away with the recording by using way to many mics on the guitar amp and way too many takes multi tracking and adding extra instruments computers were a lot slower nine years ago and we ended up with an over welming 26 Gigabytes of sound files.

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Post date: 02/04/2016 - 06:49
Los Tiros - Expertos En Cagarla

Spaghetti Western and surf have become closer and closer friends in the 2000's and onward, to the point where by now surf groups have taken the guitar parts of Morricone, broken them down and rearranged them so much as to have built their own vocabulary with them. What I'm saying is that while there's a recognizable Spaghetti Western sound to Los Tiros, nobody is mistaking them for a Sergio Leone soundtrack. It's much wilder, much less restrained, more horsepower (hee haw), more punk than...Read more

Post date: 02/03/2016 - 07:33
The Syndicate of Surf - Studio Surf Styles Vol​.​1 Hodads Hang 10!

This is the debut album from The Syndicate, and it features a slew of covers from punk legends like the Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Seeds, The Dictators. Despite those clear influences, the resulting sound is definitely more surf than punk, full of reverb and twang and adding a brightness and spaciousness to songs that often didn't have them in their original form. If you didn't know what you were listening to, you might not even realized it's a cover the first time you hear it --and that's a...Read more

Post date: 01/31/2016 - 10:26
La Venganza de San Carlos - No Hay Olas en Marte

As far as I can tell this is the first non-demo release from Mexico's La Venganza de San Carlos. It's some good ol' no-bullshit high-energy surf with a punk influence. It's there to make a racket and hopefully get you to spasm a bit. Sometimes that's all I really want from surf -- that was often the case in the 60's, and even though it sounds different today there's still some people out there making the same unassuming but fun stuff. Give it a listen, have some fun, it's a free download!...Read more

Post date: 01/31/2016 - 10:13
Mike Barbwire and the Blue Ocean Orchestra - El Surfista del Mambo EP

Mike Barbwire has been busy with rockabilly outfit The Dragtones for a bit, and while there have been some good n crunchy instrumental bits for us to enjoy there, it's his work with The Barbwires/Blue Ocean Orchestra that really make me lose control. The Barbwires' Searider is a desert island disc for me, and the subsequent 7"s have been just as frenzied, lush, and memorable. So here's another one!

Here's what I know: it's a 7" on blue vinyl. It's on Sleazy Records, and it's...Read more

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