The success of rock n' roll spaghetti western Pulp Fiction caused a tidal wave of resurgence in the twangy surf music that once ruled the waves back in the early '60's. Our BIG SURF HITS comp was QT's source for two Pulp-tracks, "Surf Rider" by the Lively Ones & "Bullwinkle Pt. II" by the Centurions. So it really should come as no surprise that Bob Keane's DEL-FI Records-the legendary home of those original surfalicious sounds-- is back with yet another instant classic stick of prime surfadelia, rendered in blaring "delphonic sound"...The El Caminos' REVERB EXPLOSION! "People have always asked me..." Keane recently told one writer, "When are you going to put out some new surf bands?,' but frankly I haven't heard anything that was as good as the stuff I released back then. And then I heard this new band, and boy, was I blown away!" REVERB EXPLOSION! is a brand new release by Japan's best Surf music export, The El Caminos, and it's a rattlin' rock n' roll tsunami! A few years back, their hypersonic twin-Fender assault caused that huge earthquake in their hometown of Kobe, Japan! (Okay, we're kidding.) This compendium of mostly-instro ber surf & hot rod madness reveals how a group of faithful Japanese musicians who've been aping the DEL-FI Original California Surf Sound( since '94 haven't just been monkeying around. We love the way a lot of Japanese bands have embraced American teen-pop & rock n' roll, creating an often animated, semi-unintentional parody, but while this Pacific Rim-job continues unabated and unchecked by U.S. customs officials and possibly even the C.I.A. , we do have the occasional solid musical Japanese export to look forward to from their shores. REVERB EXPLOSION! is your passport to a new exotic world of surf music bliss. Guitarists Eddie Ugata and Ritchie Khoda are DEL-FI fanatics (Khoda even spells his first name like DEL-FI's Ritchie Valens!) and both were inspired by the slurpy, splashy reverb-drenched sounds of the DEL-FI surf bands, their favorite being Central Coast rumblers' The Sentinals. Eddie, in particular, has been obsessed with getting the perfect "Delphonic" surf sound, using only pre-CBS vintage Fender amps, Jazzmasters and Jags. The El Caminos--- straight outta Kobe---are also the only band we've heard that has a go-go'ing Farfisa sound like the great East L.A. Chicano party-rockers (including DEL-FI's own Romancers), giving them a classic sound rumbling back from decades past, but positively dripping with Nineties attitude. (Give a listen to their take on a little-known Jimi Hendrix instro, "Hornet's Nest" and you'll question why Jimi even bothered to mutter 'May you never hear surf music again.')
THE EL CAMINOS ... STRAIGHT OUTTA KOBE!---are also the
only band we've heard that has a go-go'ing Farfisa sound like the great
East L.A. Chicano party-rockers (including
them a classic sound rumbling back from decades past, but positively dripping
with Nineties attitude. (Give a listen to their take on a little-known Hendrix
instro, "Hornet's Nest" and you'll question why Jimi even bothered
to mutter 'May you never hear surf music again.')
If you have questions for Eddie Ugata of the
El Caminos, you can contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
"The El Caminos hang ten to a surf
sound so authentic you'd think they must have been conceived in Huntington
Beach, California, 1962...A slammin' collection of cool covers and classic
sounding originals... Great new stuff."
Chris Gill, GUITAR WORLD (September 1997)
"REVERB EXPLOSION! is a fine set of
authentically lo-fi originals and faithful covers...all of the tracks convey
the group's undying devotion to this sorely under appreciated, truly American
Scott Lenz, BUZZ WEEKLY (July 25, 1997)
"No Cantonese pop here, just a shreddin'
musical montage of aggressive rock & roll. Some cool buds, tasty waves,
the El Caminos and I'll be fine. In other words, the El Caminos are Ichiban!"
Matt Brown, GAVIN REPORT (July 11, 1997)
"There is a definite garagey crunch
to the frantic 15 tracks here, so if you're a fan of the Fathoms or the
Bomboras this is indeed a worthy addition to your collection."
Lee Bennett-Sobel, LO-FI Magazine (July 1997)
"Their original tunes stand out like
a shark fin amid choppy waves..."
Gregory Nicoll, CREATIVE LOAFING, Atlanta (July 5,
"What puts them in my CD player, and
what will keep them there, is the unabashed joy in their performance. It's
contagious, and I highly recommend catching it."
D.J. Johnson, COSMIK DEBRIS (July 1997)
"The El Caminos prove that the creature
called surf music can sound like anything from an opium den to an auto race....Who
says all surf music sounds alike?"
Chris Schwartz, SCRATCH Magazine (July 1997)
Michael Powell, FW WEEKLY (June 26, 1997)