Cowboy Surfer - 'Surf Saloon'
Artist: Cowboy Surfer
Title: Surf Saloon
Label: Seedless Records
I like the artwork. The thick, finger-paint kind that reminds of Van
I like the straining guitar which kicks in without a second thought. I'm
not wild about the vocals. But it's probably the way they're recorded. I
don't know if this is a live or studio recording. My 1 clue is that this
was 'recorded in "The Womb" in 1996-97'. Whatever that means. The music is
quite clear. So I think, maybe a studio. But I'm not sure What's going on
with these vocals. It's sort of echo, stepping in and out of the mic,
"Nazi's in Chile" could be a beautiful tune if I wasn't so scared by the
vocals. I can't hear the lyrics very well either. As I say, I could make
allowances for this perhaps if I knew if this were a live recording or not.
But I have my doubts. Maybe I should just forget the vocals, forget whether
it's live or not, and review 2 different ways. Live. And studio.
Okay, Stu Shulman and Dave Haddad seem to be responsible
for all sounds on
the album. Pretty good guitar work, thickly encrusted with details for
being a 2 man thing. "Rogue's Dawn" shows off their Neil Youngish side
nicely with an epic-like quality. I mean, I could REally go for this band
if I could just hear the - no. No, I won't go there again.
This is an album I have to say - go out and hear for yourself. The 9 minute
"Trails End" is a good track to start with. It's slow rock with a
right-out-of-the-bottle edge that makes you feel like maybe you're being
stalked. It's a good feeling, if you drink a lot of coffee. Think of
Metallica playing Robinson Crusoe's island. And think of
Friday going mad.
I think he would.
Read an interview with Stu Shulman of Cowboy Surfer
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