Modern Surf Classics
Straight away you think of Comanche and a small handful of other classic surf-rock/pop moments from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack – but it’s particularly that shronk-vibe of Comanche that informs the world of Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake as they put their spin across Modern Surf Classics.
Somewhere – between the worlds of Link Wray and Brian Setzer there’s a moment where you wander off the path and discover John Zorn; at least that’s the thinking here it seems.
So, yes, while you’ll hear something of The Ventures and other 1960s surf-pop combos it’s all filtered through the Swami John Reis gauze of Zorn-via-Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, a brand new set of songs that feel like updated old classics, a post-post-modern swirl of vibrant colours and moods and modes that is all at once surf-pop but could be enjoyed by an audience that never bothered with the originals – unless in some ironic/soundtrack kind of way. Poseidon’s Tears even touches on The Shadows, if, you know, The Shadows had been the band in the bar in that scene from From Dusk Till Dawn.
It’s all over in just over half an hour – as you’d want it, and it hurtles along, pipeline after pipeline. It’s pretty fantastic, just enough punk energy and attack but such wonderful musicianship to carry it across the line every time.