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5.0 out of 5 stars Who??, January 13, 2008
This review is from: Instrumentals (Audio CD)
Don't know who Evan Foster is? I'm not surprised. Folks in the modern surf scene know him from the Boss Martians, and most likely those will be the only ones who read this review. The sad fact is that this won't rocket up the charts alongside the Black Eyed Peas(though it should and then some) because as well all know, who the hell listens to instrumental music anymore? The mere word "instrumental" is enough to make folks cringe. Well, Evan has put out a cd full of 'em! And a damn good one if I may say so myself. You may notice right away that this cd doesn't have the traditional surf rock sound as we're used to hearing it. Foster obviously took this solo opportunity to delve into other sounds he enjoys. While the surf sound creeps in every now and again(and it's very modern sounding surf, not 60s), you'll hear bits of hard rock and even a metal tinge to a song or two. Being a fan of both the surf and hard rock genres, this is a very welcome thing to me. Lots of synths abound as well, giving this a very otherworldly and sometimes mellow feel. Foster gets Dusty Watson here on the drums. Watson is no doubt the best drummer within the surf genre(and alot of other genres for that matter), and his contribution to Foster's guitar playing is perfect. Traditionally, surf rock is a fairly basic form of rock music, but there are bands here and there that like to up the ante and try new stuff. Foster takes a classic genre, puts his spin on it and makes it his own. The result is very original, catchy as hell, and definitely displays how talented the man is. This isn't one of those instrumental albums that begins to bore you after the first four songs like a Liquid Tension Experiment wankfest. Each song is well crafted, catchy, does it's job and moves you on to the next good song. Not only highly recommended to the surf fan, but to anyone with an appreciation for instrumental rock. Cleanse yourself of impurities by listening.
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Initial post: Mar 13, 2012 12:51:43 PM PDT
Excellent review. I'm a big fan of The Mermen and have been gradually getting into other more modern surf bands - who are some of your other favorites? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 6:28:28 AM PDT
Stanley Runk says:
As far as modern surf bands go, I'd have to say my absolute favorite would be Slacktone and The Fathoms. Next to them would be Jon & The Nightriders and The Ghastly Ones.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 8:00:54 AM PDT
Thanks - I'll check them out.
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