NOUS SOMMES THE TREMOLO BEER GUTY QUI LE FUCK ETES VOUS? - The Tremolo Beer Gut (Crunchy Frog)
Let's face it. The world needs another Danish surf band. Bad. Charlie don't surf and he sure as hell don't wear clogs, right? Well Denmark spawned a fairly righteous surf act in OK Kings in the '90s. The Tremolo Beer Gut go one better by beefing up the Spaghetti Western aspect. The result's trashier than a roll on a Malibu beach blanket with Paris Hilton and, let's face it, probably way more hygenic.

A quarter of The Tremolo Beer Gut was Sune Wagner from The Raveonetes, who gathered a crew of like-minded Danes to plough the surf/western field in 2000. He's moved on (as fun as it was, he's too busy to participate) and has been replaced by their producer and live sound engineer The Great Nalna on guitar.) They've toured extensively and have shared stages with the likes of John Spencer Blues Explosion, Robert Johnsson and Boss Hog. The odd warped Sonic Youth cover isn't below them.

There's a sprinkling of guests from Danish garage bands you've never heard of unless you eat Jaarslberg cheese on this, their second album. Only the colour of the cover art and the contents vary between releases - which is gonna get real confusing by the time they build up to a box set. Mine came in stereo but there's a mono version too.

You probably have an inkling of what The Tremolo Beer Gut sound like (after all, it's a crowded beach where this sort of music comes from) but rest assured they're in the upper bracket of the genre. Lots of weird noises, occasional murmured lyrics and grunts or yells make for an interesting tube ride and the songs mostly live up to titles like "She's Got Peter Lorre Eyes" and "Opium Svengali". I'm kinda fond of "Do The Motherfucking G" myself.

Surf's up, pardner. - The Barman






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