Suicide Squeeze Records in Seattle just released this split 7″ from NATURAL CHILD and GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH. Together they deliver three new tracks on this deliciously titled 7″, limited to 750 copies from the label that quickly sold out.
These Nashville boys/ Portland scoundrels are at it again in the appropriately titled Surf n Turf 7″. Natural Child are clearly at the height of their powers (something that’s becoming a pattern here) with their track “Don’t Wake the Baby,” delivering this breezy, alt-country flavored groove. It’s twangy and delicate, built with harp-like guitars that supply the track with a glinting, island-like tone. Last we heard from Natural Child was their CRS Blues 7″ for Jeffery Drag, wherein we also claimed the band was recording their best material yet. Well since then they have only gotten better and this track will only prove that.
On the flip side, Guantanamo Baywatch leave us with two throbbing cuts of their swampy surf rock. Surf n Turf looks like their first vinyl release of 2013, which hopefully signals more heading into 2014. “Love This Time” unfolds with a wonky bass line and Jason Powell’s raspy crooning, crammed with a bunch of wiry twangs and a dirty little guitar solo. This beach-ready ditty is fun and wholesome, showcasing Guantanamo’s signature blend of swift, quirky surf and garage pop. “Raunch Stomp” is like a grimy and trashed-up slippery slide, featuring this trio’s uniquely dirty swagger in a two and a half minute instrumental burner. Reverberating guitars spearhead their particular brand of knotty surf, leaving us with this gem of a 7″ at the tail end of 2013.
My Rating: SS
Genre/ Tags: Surf Rock, Alt-Country, Garage Rock
Surf n Turf Split 7″: Tracklist:
1.) Natural Child – Don’t Wake the Baby
2.) Guantanamo Baywatch – Love This Time
3.) Guantanamo Baywatch – Raunch Stomp
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