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The Donkeys, Ride the Black Wave (Easy Sound Records)




The Donkeys, Ride the Black Wave (Easy Sound Records)
CD Reviews: June 26, 2014

06/26/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 The Donkeys, Ride the Black Wave (Easy Sound Records)

Over the course of three albums, this quartet took over its San Diego hometown on the strength of its adamantly San Diego-an sound, a mixture of endless surf, sexual boredom and Pavement sensibilities. Outside of SoCal, though, people have a hard time relating to all this carefree fluff, let’s be honest, and that’s especially true in the Northeast, where the very concept of sandy beaches has been passé for over a hundred years — without blow-doors chowder and slimy black seaweed around, it ain’t the beach, and while we’re here, kindly spare us frost-barbarian workaholics from your Cali bonfire sing-alongs, all the stuff that sounds, well, like this, the most sing-songy fluff The Donkeys have come up with so far. We begin with “Sunny Daze,” a Guster-type thing that owes its soul to old 1970s stuff like “Horse With No Name,” although for the tune’s part it does start to wig out a little toward the end, with math chords and a little shudder of terror. Apart from that, there’s some rote Strokes fanboyism, deep-hormonal Raveonettes, some Swirlies nonsense, etc., but again, this isn’t an all-vegan thing utterly devoid of menace; someone in this band does have a vague idea of what time it is. B- — Eric W. Saeger





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