ESCATONES, THE: “Out of Sight” b/w “Eastbeach Stomp”: 7”

I thoroughly enjoyed this 7”. The artwork is an excellent drawing of monsters surfing in the style of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. The back cover suggests that the record be filed under “surf rock.” I didn’t actually find the songs to be surf rock in the way I think about it, but that might be my own shortcoming. It’s probably a weird 7” by which to judge the band. I only mention it because I think the music would be better enjoyed by Butthole Surfer enthusiasts. Being a fan, it’s hard for me to disassociate the fact that Butthole Surfers guitarist Paul Leary appears on “Out of Sight.” The song is excellent: it moves at the pace of slower Surfer’s fare like “John E. Smoke” and “Cherub.” The second song is more traditional surf fare. It’s a little more Santo & Johnny-paced than Tornados. I dug both songs. It’s a solid record. Definitely curious to hear more.

 –Billups Allen (Artificial Head)