Sunday, August 21, 2005
The Dawnbeats: Midnight Express/Drifting (Amp 45-8520)
This one comes to us from Columbus, Indiana, which is about 30 miles south of Indianapolis, where I live now. It's got two sides of instrumental madness with two speeds to fit whatever your mood is.
We'll start with "Drifting" first, because it's the slow side. There was a dance back then called "The Stroll" (immortalized by The Diamonds, of course) and this song had to have been crafted to fit that dance. Starting off with a stuttering guitar and moving into a more straightforward raunchy guitar setting, the melody is punctuated by a sax riff, followed by a cool guitar solo, followed by the same sax riff to the conclusion. Come to think of it, this kind of gives you the impression of just drifting along, going aimlessly through the dark night.
"Midnight Express" is the super-speed side and it's balls-out all right. We open with a piece of guitar twang followed by guitars, bass and drums going BUMP! BUMP! (pause) BUMP! BUMP! after which the rhythm section starts kicking in. This opening repeats itself before finally guitar, bass and drums are all operating on all cylinders, hitting the tracks at thundering speed. The sax man comes in and blows a righteous solo and disappears. The raw guitar-bass-drums madness riccochets along until we BUMP! BUMP! (pause) BUMP! BUMP! to a close. Ride's over. Everybody off.
Both songs clock in at 1:59 according to the label. Coincidence?
Who knows? Who cares? Either get on and enjoy the ride or wander along in the shadows. It's your choice.