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Supertones, The: Unknown And Other Hits From Outer Space

Surf rock has been making a comeback in recent years and New York City band The Supertones have been instrumental to the genre, releasing twelve albums since their formation in 1988 including their latest endeavour titled Unknown And Other Hits From Outer Space.

The disc consists of sixteen short and concise tracks with a total running time of forty-six minutes. Songs like the album opening “Unknown” with its liquid underwater guitar sound and the catchy “Antaris”, where the chords bear a resemblance to “House Of The Rising Sun” (not a rip-off by any means) are worthy of your time. A couple of Bowie covers; “Starman” and “Space Oddity” are great choices, both lending well to the band’s skillful surf guitar touches while keeping the classic melodies true to form.

Unknown And Other Hits From Outer Space is an instrumental album that the band somehow manages to keep interesting despite the lack of lyrics. Not an easy feat for any rock oriented band.

In the band are:
Timothy Connor Sullivan (Fender jazzmaster, Fender bass VI)
Thomas Mattioli (drums, percussion, vibraphone, marimba, keyboards)
Simon Chardiet (bass guitar, 12 string bass)
Seth Lipscher (Fender jaguar)

Track Listing:
1. Unknown (2:35)
2. Antaris (4:00)
3. Balazar (3:25)
4. Saturn Express (2:46)
5. Starman (3:32)
6. Torque Wrench (2:38)
7. For A Few Dollars More (2:32)
8. Shanghai Surf (2:43)
9. Speed Trap (2:13)
10. Space Oddity (4:00)
11. Down The Rabbit Hole (2:57)
12. Back Pedaling (3:15)
13. Don’t Look Up (1:57)
14. Hijinx (2:21)
15. Queso Grande (2:18)

Added: January 2nd 2020
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band @ Facebook
Hits: 127
Language: english

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