“Spy Car Mechanic” is a relatively recent effort from Texas based hipsters “the Nematoads” and it’s a real winner. With a jet black muscle car on the CD cover, I was smiling before I popped this bad boy into my player. Its thundering intro entitled “Rex Dart: Eskimo Spy” had me imagining myself to be “Speed Racer” my whole way to work.
The sound is a quirky fusion of sci-fi tinged cowpunk and traditional surfabilly. Sort of a Link Wray meets Dick Dale by way of the Cramps. But surf rock traditionalists need not feel left out by the punk influence. The band rockets into a full tilt cover of “Misirlou” mid-way through the CD that is just top notch. Still, these boys like to keep it gonzo. With song titles like “Jet Jaguar” and “No, Mr. Bond I expect you to Surf” one can almost picture this being the long lost sound track to a “Godzilla/007” crossover film.
Admittedly, the group’s almost purely instrumental sound is not going to be to everyone’s taste. If you’re the type that needs vocals to sing along to, this will be a hard go. The album has 13 tracks and most of them clock at at least 5 minutes. But if you’re like me, this is a great CD for big cars and air guitars.