Steel Notes Magazine September 2016 - Page 89

Steel Notes Magazine Hej America! I am back with another review for Bongo Boy. This time around Bongo Boy asked me to give a listen and share my thought about their new compilation album Gnarly Wave Volume One. I have to admit my first thought when I heard the title of the album was “Oh no, I hate the Beach Boys.” Then I thought to myself that really isn’t fair. There are a lot of good players who contribute to the Surf genre. Not liking Surf because you don’t like the Beach Boys is like dismissing Country because you don't like Patsy Cline. (Yes, I know she is a Country goddess, but her music gets on my nerves.) The point is: Hank Williams III is one of my favorite musicians and had I dismissed all Country due to my dislike of Patsy Cline I never would have heard Hank3. So, with that in mind, I sat down to listen to Gnarly Wave Volume One. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. GNARLY WAVE VOLUME ONE LINE UP Les Fradkin - Crashing Waves 2:09 Tsunami Of Sound - Boogie Board Walk 2:05 Susan SurfTone - Green Light 3:00 The SpyTones - Over The Moon 3:29 James and The Enigmatic Light Band - Happy Happy Beach Song 2:46 Commercial Interruption - Prime Time 1:40 Blue Wave Theory - Lava Spout 3:24 8. Agent Octopus - Chaparral 2:26 9. Gar Francis - The Wave 3:10 10. Steve Laudicina - Wide Open 2:50 11. Jenny And The Felines - Psychedelic Sea 3:38 12. The OneNeeders - Hush 3:46 13. Dylan McGuire - Life Jacket 3:23 14. Nolan Voide - Surfing To Jamaica 2:14 15. The Turbosonics - Jennette’s Pier 2:28 Track 1 - Les Fradkin - Crashing Waves The first thing I noticed when I was perusing the bio sheet for the artists on the album was that Les Fradkin was an original member of the show Beatlemania. Les played the part of George Harrison. How cool is that?? Thus, it was with great expectations I cued up his track Crashing Waves. I will say this: the man can play. I really enjoyed this track. The echoing reverb on the guitar was hauntingly nice and Les provided plenty of lightning licks to show off his prowess, Steel Notes Magazine 89