Friday, December 19, 2008


The Sir Finks
(Tres Mexicanos) Del Sur De Texas
Get Hip

Funny how you can live in a town for nearly two decades, think you’re plugged into the music scene, and yet be completely unaware of a local band with a decade of stage and studio history under its belt. Corpus Christi-to-Austin transplants the Sir Finks were the River City’s premier surf guitar band for ages and somehow I missed them completely. (I guess I thought the surf music scene died when 3 Balls of Fire and Herman the German quit playing out more than once or twice a year.) On this compilation, the Finks (most often a trio, but sometimes a quartet or quintet) stay pretty goddamn faithful to the old tenets as set forth by the Challengers, the Lively Ones, the Ventures and other staples of the early 60s instrumental rock scene. Dick Dale and Davie Allan and the Arrows get namechecked in the liner notes, but to my ears the Finks have neither Dale’s aggression nor Allan’s menace. (Though there is one overtly Allan-like tune, a fuzz-bombed cover of These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.) This is the surf music that floats through the air as the sun sets on the beach, the surfboards lie flat on the sand and the swimsuit-clad pretty kids snuggle up around the fire to get ready to make out or screw or get killed by vampires or whatever. Not to my taste, but folks who miss the days of pre-Beatles surf music will dig the Sir Finks mightily.

- Michael Toland

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