Like me, have you longed for the release of a really great surf rock
album? Not a surf rock album that was merely a sterilized distillation
of Dick Dale's moments of greatness, but one that reminded
how the genre could be freshened up and made viable once again? Perhaps
an album that would be as great as the first time that Shadowy
Men On A Shadowy Planet made the world sit up and take notice
of Canadian surf, or the first time that Man Or Astroman? grabbed
hold of space rock and twanged it into surf? Then, boy have I got
just the album for you!
Daikaiju's eponymous release is full to the brim with twanging
and boinging guitars, blistering tom rolls, and throbbing basslines.
From the very first notes of "Daikaiju Die!" the album is
a rollicking good time ride through the world of surf rock. Most tracks
on the album clock in at right around three and a half minutes, which
makes the album pass by so quickly that there will be an immediate
need to hit the play button again. None of the tracks are sleepers
(Take that, other surf bands!) and every track has it's own unique
character, which makes this one of the finest surf albums of all time.
Standouts include the brilliant tremolo swoops on "Incognito"
and the stuttering machine gun guitars of "Super X-9". The
jazzy cymbal wash of "The Trouble With Those Mothra Girls"
makes perfect counterpoint to the deliberate bass walks and chiming
guitars. The Van Halen-esque rhythm guitars on the intro to
"Sharkakhan" give way to a fast paced racing song that would
fit right at home in any good spy movie, especially during a chase
No sleeper tracks. Distinctly different feels melodies in each song.
Amazing guitar, bass and drum tones. Musicianship of the highest caliber.
Those are the things you will find on this release, Daikaiju.
And really, beyond that, the only thing you need to know about Daikaiju
is that one of the guys goes by the moniker Secret Asian Man.
And who can't stand behind that?
1. Daikaiju Die!
2. Attack Of The Crab Women
3. The Trouble With Those Mothra Girls
5. Showdown In Shinjuku
6. The Daikaiju Who Loved Me
7. Son Of Daikaiju
9. Super X-9
10. Farewell To Monster Island
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