Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Aaron & the Burrs - II

Album review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

Where to start with this second official release from Aaron & the Burrs? Now, that question would normally mean that there's so much to talk about that picking a beginning is something of a challenge. Nope. We mean it more literally than that. We don't really have a starting point. If we talk about the band; well, they're called Aaron & The Burrs, we reviewed them before and had much the same problem, they have some demos on their Bandcamp page as well as two EPs, this being the latest, released in April. We don't know who they are, how many of them there are or where they're from. Our detective work has led us as far as their record label, a small indie in Amherst, New York. The label's total output so far consists of five cassettes. So is this band from New York? Who knows, they could be from anywhere.

So let's talk about the music then, shall we? This album is eight tracks of instrumental surf, as in proper surf that harks back to Dick Dale and his early '60s contemporaries. The songs are all upbeat, they're all very similar, none of them have lyrics, they sound great. To put it bluntly, there's very little else to be said. We can commend them on the impressive (and naturally quite twangy) lead guitar, the simplistic rattle of the drums behind it and the bass that prevents the music becoming flimsy. There's no song over two-and-a-half-minutes, in fact one track is just 26 seconds long. Highlights? Well if you like proper, traditional surf music that's made to a good standard then take your pick; there's really nothing to choose between the songs. So what we're essentially left with a piss-poor review of a very good album. Your best bet is to just listen.

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