If you haven’t noticed, there’s a Surfin’ comeback goin’ on. We get tons of CDs from bands that play it; some good, some not-so-good, and some in-between. Here are two excellent ones.
The Halibuts are from Southern California and play great reverb-drenched surf stuff like “Caldera,” “Suicide Bay,” and “Fire One!” But, they do vary the proceedings too. “Hombre De Palabra” features some nice south-of-the-border sounds and fine acoustic playing. Same with the inspired goofiness of “Madcap.” The jewel box is very cool, too. It looks like an aquarium. No, really.
Jon and the Nightriders are led by surf historian John Blair and they know surf music when they hear it. From cut one, they burn. “Depth Charge” kicks off the proceedings with balls-to-the-wall guitar and drums. Things stay at that level throughout.
If you have an interest in surf music, check out either or both of these. You won’t be disappointed.
This review originally appeared in VG‘s Jan. ’97 issue.