Submit your website. And as is often the case with a band featuring two apparent disparate talents, the Maritime - Stéphane Belin - Parole De Guitare came about in a haze of mutual disillusionment.
But with boundless energy, just enough material and 3 guitars in the ranks Bruce Hazen is on third guitarHi-Fi had a musical statement to make.
The band originally Me Estoy Volviendo Loco - Various - Tecnorama a 5 track live EP under the title of 'Hi-Fi Demonstration Record', and later recorded an album 'Moods for Mallards' as well as a Christmas single, plus some belated Surkamp tracks added here as a bonus.
This is especially evident on the accompanying 5 track DVD with telling interviews that humorously poke fun at the fact that both David and Ian had no interest in the other's music, but undoubtedly sparked when playing together.
There's an undoubted tension born of different personalities, but it fuels a rip roaring session that would have been lost to the world Alcohol - Hi-Fi - The Complete Collection for this excellent new release.
All in all, 'The Complete Collection! For every synth embedded moment and new wave nuance there is a strong song based band performance to compensate, as exemplified by a cover of Prince's 'When You Were Mine', which is predicated on a programmed synth line, chiming guitars and angst ridden vocals. Curiously this track and the equally impressive 'Throw Me A Line' finds Surkamp's edgy vocals pre-dating Arcade Fire by a couple of decades. Most of the material sounds fresh, exciting and just about on right side of the gritty power pop.
David counts in a funky groove which makes great use of three part harmonies and a magnificent wall of guitar sound with spiky solos. Best of all is a cooking version of John Martyn's 'Man In The Station' with its big opening guitar riff and as the band jams out on a brilliant arrangement, Ian takes the lead and the guitars spar Alcohol - Hi-Fi - The Complete Collection . It all works superbly well as a collage before Surkamp's vibrato rises again on the catchy hook of 'Knocking On Your Door' There's a real energetic feel to the sessions that on occasions makes some songs special and at other times rescues a few lost causes with unquestioned commitment.
This is especially so on the sleazy Ian Hunter style vocals of 'Desire'. With its booming chorus and essential band interplay - all superbly captured on the DVD - it's hard to believe this was an outtake. The 20 track compilation finishes with a cover of 'Louie Louie', complete with a robotic rap by guest Curtis Grey and an unlikely but totally convincing big choral finish.
And if the good times didn't last, then at least this compilation is the very best reminder of a great musical project. Print this page in printer-friendly format. Just ugly. Featured Artists. Artist Archive. Label Archive. Do you want to appear here?
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