Death by kowabunga bunga! Swami John Reis and The BlindåÊShake pay tribute to the classic surf and rock ‰۪n‰۪ roll instrumentalsåÊof the 1960s and update the genre for today‰۪s moreåÊextreme, modern surfer. Thirteen original modern surf compositionsåÊcreate this tidal wave of booming tom toms, skronkingåÊsaxophones and a chaotic surge of guitars. Let this south swellåÊtopple you, and may you be pinned in its undertow of reverb.åÊSwami John Reis uses a similar aggro guitar approach to hisåÊplaying in Hot Snakes and Night Marchers but allows the influencesåÊof Omar Khorshid, The Ventures, Link Wray, RandyåÊHolden‰۪s Fender IV and forgotten instro combos rise to the surfaceåÊfor air. Joining Swami is Minneapolis‰۪s The Blind ShakeåÊ(Goner Records, Castle Face), a bombastic power trio consistingåÊof guitar, baritone guitar and drums whose sound hasåÊbeen described as ‰ÛÏmuscular psych punk.‰ This collaborationåÊgenerates a symphonic wall of twang, amplifying the cinematicåÊsense of drama and tension with the addition of saxophone,åÊdoumbek, piano, riq, vibraphone and piano. To capture the essenceåÊof this vibe, some of the initial tracking was recorded underåÊCrystal Pier (San Diego) by Ben Moore utilizing a mobileåÊrecording VW van.
Because of the intense rhythmic velocity achieved on manyåÊof these tracks, Modern Surf Classics can also be recommendedåÊto those interested in BMX, roller skateboarding, snowboarding/ toboggan, fighting, yoga, car racing, military and most otheråÊwater activities (with the exception of SUP).