Modern Surf Classics
by: Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake
02.03.2015 | Selected by Bjorn (aka Player 6)
Did you know that I was sort of in a surf band? Well, we started out that way, but it got a little too rowdy. Plus it was Fargo, so it didn't really make any sense. That's why I'm excited about this new pick: combining the surfy-punky efforts of the legendary "Swami" John Reis (aka Speedo of Rocket From The Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes) with St. Paul's own The Blind Shake. I didn't even have to listen to a preview track, I knew I had to have Modern Surf Classics. Expect Reis' signature guitar sound welded on to The Blind Shake's heavy-hitting, angular rock with some random horns and surf licks. Hang 11!
Bjorn (aka Player 6)
Weirdly fantastic, this record is a collision between sounds that are familiar, resulting in a cacophany that at times can be a little over the top in it's mimicry of surf rock. It only holds those moments for a few beats, before diving back into exactly what you would expect if someone said "Imagine the lead singer of Rocket From The Crypt fronting a two-guitar surf band from Minnesota". Overall I really enjoyed it, especially the unexpected piano and the layering of surf sounds onto the guitar-as-percussion mode of The Blind Shake. Further, the song titles, most with hints of oceanside living, are a nice treat. This album is a great fantasy record for a cold February day.