Title - 'Unknown and Other Hits from Outer Space'
Artist - The Supertones
For those not in the know, The Supertones are a surf band from NYC formed in 1988. The original members - Tim Sullivan (guitars), Ted Lawrence (guitars), Marc Lipscher (bass), and Mike Arcidiacono (drums) - built a solid musical foundation and even though they are currently in their fourth incarnation as a band, original band leader Sullivan has never let the Surf-Rock spirit leave him.
Every year The Supertones release a new album, which is not only a cause for celebration for all their long time fans from their hometown of NYC, but also for fans worldwide of instrumental Surf Rock.
Of course, Sullivan is at the helm once again on the vivacious new album, Unknown And Other Hits From Outer Space which features 15 newly-recorded Supertones tracks of instrumental Surf-Rock gold!
4. 'Saturn Express'
6. 'Torque Wrench'
7. 'For A Few Dollars More'
8. 'Shanghai Surf'
9. 'Speed Trap'
10. 'Space Oddity'
11. 'Down The Rabbit Hole'
12. 'Back Pedaling'
13. 'Don't Look Up'
15. 'Queso Grande'
16. 'The Gorgon' [Bonus Track]
From the very first opening chords of the frenetic 'Unknown' to the closing bars of 'Queso Grande,' it's clear that The Supertones differentiate themselves from the legions of other bands in the thriving Surf-Rock instrumental underworld by writing excellent original songs.
Highlighting the cohesiveness of the 2019 line up of the band - Sullivan (lead guitars), Seth Lipscher (rhythm guitars), Simon Chardiet (bass guitars), and Tommy Mattioli on drums - the new album not only features those aforementioned reworkings of their own songs, but two classics penned by the late, great rock legend himself, David Bowie ('Starman' and 'Space Oddity').
Another covered track is actually one of the stand out highlights here for me of the album, their take on the 1965 track 'For A Few Dollars More', originally penned by Ennio Morricone. In true Supertones Surf-Rock style, they truly make it their own and bring it back to life in a way that can only be heard to be believed.
With the vibe of the album having been partly inspired by Sullivan's recent solo instrumental guitar performances at the Hayden Planetarium near Central Park in Uptown Manhattan, Unknown follows the critical acclaim of the band's other recent studio albums, Mysto Incognito (2013), Going To A Rock & Roll Dance Party' (2015), and most recently, The Sweet Ride' (2017).
Complete with the bonus "hidden" track 'The Gorgon,' The Supertones' 19th album Unknown and Other Hits from Outer Space - which was recorded at Brooklyn's famed Cowboy Technical Services studio - is the band at their very passionate best; and if this new album doesn't propel their music to the furthest reaches of outer Space (for all "beings" to enjoy), well, then nothing will!
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