Selling Out with...
Label: Astroglides CD
Much has been made of Phil
Spector's 'Wall of Sound' and rightfully so. It's huge. The
Astroglides have created their own huge sound with Surf Core. It's
an outrageous, delicious sound that I love. The entire CD is
bodacious enough to have sent Emmy into a tail wagging frenzy.
Here are my thoughts on a few tracks from Selling Out with The
Shylock Shake got played over and over and over again. Lots of
brass. I love the tongue work on those sixteenth notes. Great
interaction between the guitars and horns. Cool Middle Eastern big
band sound. It was like, it was like ... it was like having your
second cousin set you up on a blind date and discovering he looks
like Antonio Banderas, dresses like a pirate and acts like Thelma
and Louise ... AND has a horse that runs like Hidalgo, which he
gives you as a "getting to know you" present, along with a golden
Guitar Cha-Cha cha-chinged my joy register big time. It's an
outstanding cover of Link Wray's great tune. You can watch The
Astroglides' music video of Guitar Cha-Cha at their website or at
You Tube. Emmy's eyes popped. That's right. Popped right out and
then snapped back again. DO NOT miss this video. It's very, very
Fanatic Mule Ride is an ultra high-energy tune that's up close and
in your face. It's an avalanche of Surf Core, challenging you to
take a ride to the land deep inside of your mind. This is some
heavy stuff. It was like killer bees attacking my brain and
hanging my panties on my ear as their victory flag. Fanatic Mule
Ride is a very intense, very neat and deep song.
Tantura Island is dramatic and mesmerizing. Very exotic,
mysterious and surfy. It made me want to pump up my rubber raft
and paddle to a tropical island. The Astroglides' big sound is
very evident in Tantura Island.
Train Damage keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what's
going to happen next. It's a contradiction in terms — which is a
good thing — much like sweet and sour taste delicious together.
Train Damage combines surf, space, Middle Eastern, psychedelic and
metal in an outrageously delicious musical brew. See what I mean?
Contradiction is a good thing and The Astroglides are masters of
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Warning... Don't play Selling Out with The Astroglides if you need
to get some sleep. Won't work. It's gonna wake you up. Each one of
the fifteen tracks is uber cool.
You know what? I could tell you The Astroglides are very adept
musicians – because they are. I could tell you their Surf Core
sound is huge, unique and exciting – because it is. Or I can just
tell you Selling Out with The Astroglides is a great CD - because
I want to. Yep, that's what I'll do. "Selling Out with The
Astroglides is a great CD."