Channel Surfing with...
Label: Astroglides CD
A slow, lilting
tropical descent, monkeys and birds cavorting in the background,
tribal drums comfortably beating a soft refrain. Suddenly the
reverie is broken. A powerful, double-picking phoenix screams
through the jungle on wings of reverb. Prey in sight, the
glissando dives, wings of reverb pulled in tight.
Right from the first track, aptly titled Tropically
Disturbed, Channel Surfing With... The Astroglides
grabs the jugular, holds on tight and takes you for a wild ride
deep into the Reverb Trench. 19 (that's right kiddies! Count 'em!
NINETEEN!) tracks of in-your-face surf rock. None of the
pseudo-surf that pops up here and there. Channel Surfing
is the real deal. The likes of The Ventures, Dick Dale, et al.,
may soon be holding court with The Astroglides. They're real and
they're poised to join the reigning royalty.
High horsepower, punchy bass, rollicking rhythm,
balls-to-the-wall lead and devastating drums, mixed with other
instruments (even a didgeridoo!) create a wave of aural bliss. At
times light and airy, other times dark and sinister, the balance
of sounds and emotions take the soul through a roller coaster of
apexes and nadirs, yet never deviate from a heady equilibrium.
Even the track order assists this wild excursion. Alternating
between emotions so rapidly like this, it's difficult to fall into
complacency and let the music disappear into the background.
Now for the kicker. They're easily one of the best surf rock
bands out there. Tight, in control. The punch line? They're from
Israel. Not too odd when you consider it, though. Israel sits
right on the Mediterranean Sea. Warm water, nice waves, a
potential surfer's paradise. Dick Dale's family comes from the
Middle East (Lebanon, just north of Israel). As you can hear the
Middle Eastern influences in Dick's greatest hit, Miserlou,
so can you hear them on Channel Surfing tracks such
as Sharqiya, The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob
and Cruisin' Down Menahem Begin Blvd.
No let-downs. Consistent quality. Deep, wet reverb.
Phenomenal musicianship. In one word? GREAT! The Astroglides
should easily climb into the upper echelon of surf rock masters.
They're just that damn good.