The Thurston Lava Tube | The Thoughtful Sounds Of Bat Smuggling

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The Thoughtful Sounds Of Bat Smuggling

by The Thurston Lava Tube

Psychedelic, experimental surf instrumentals
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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1. Miserlou
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2:54 album only
2. Fear The Bat Smuggler
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2:37 album only
3. Bag Territory
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11:00 album only
4. Death In Duck Street
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2:02 album only
5. Hair And Plants
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2:15 album only
6. In The Keeler Gap
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2:34 album only
7. The Points, As You Call Them, Wil Not Be Changed
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2:50 album only
8. Guardian Of The Soul Of Derrek
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3:53 album only
9. Space 1752
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1:55 album only
10. Tide Of Jam
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2:33 album only
11. Organ Failure
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0:31 album only
12. Message Two
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13. We'll Gather Lilacs In The Spring Again
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Album Notes
The Thurston Lava Tube are a psychedelic, experimental surf instrumental band from Leicester, England. The Lava Tube sound features an interesting range of vintage organs in addition to the traditional surf guitar line-up.

They have made four albums since 2001...
1) Me Ka Nahaku (a collection of surf instrumental versions of Beatles' songs)
2) Move over Rover, let Clover take over
3) The Pink Elephant with Nipples for Tusks (this one includes a secret bonus live album in mp3 format)
4) The Thoughful Sounds of Bat Smuggling (this one also includes a secret bonus live album in mp3 format)

They are:
Alan Jenkins - guitar
Blodwyn P. Teabag - organ
Marshall Cavendish - bass guitar
Mat Bartram - Drums


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M.L. Downey

Pulls out all the stops on surf rock romp
“The thoughtful sounds of bat smuggling” mingles the instrumental surf genre with sound experiments that work surprisingly well. Thurston Lava Tube kicks off with a satisfying cover of Dick Dale’s classic “Miserlou” led by a searing organ instead of the expected twangy guitar and sax. Blodwyn P. Teabag (that’s her name) on keyboards figures prominently in other tunes including “Hair and Plants” and “Fear the Bat Smuggler.” Leader Alan Jenkins plays clear ringing guitar on the relatively-straightforward “Into the Keeler Gap” and “Death in Duck Street.” The group pulls out all the stops on the 11-minute “Bag Territory” cascading through meditative surf and progressive rock (even a drum solo) with a dissonant mid-section before finishing with a melodic guitar/organ interplay. The album closer is a perky cover of “We’ll Gather Lilacs in the Spring Again.”