A Track by Track Review from Phil Dirt at Reverb Central:
Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Deadlies - The Deadlies Do Christmas - 4 stars
All righty now! These songs, done by bazillions, take on a fresh sound via real rock and roll sound and grit. Even the pretty songs have loudness and edge. It may not be traditional surf, but it's completely cool. Very honest and fun.
Picks: Sleigh Ride, What Child Is This, Joy To The World, Feliz Navidad, Silver Bells, Deck the Halls, Silent Night - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, We Four Kings, Auld Lang Syne
Track by Track Review:
Sleigh Ride -3 stars
The Deadlies play "Sleigh Ride" as if they were a more drum-centric version of Los Straitjackets, but with a more Ventures-like tone. A couple of gritty glissandos give this a surfable edge. There's nothing easy does it under the tree about this rendering.
What Child Is This - 3 stars
Without the lyrics, "What Child Is This" is "Greensleeves." This is a gritty, deliberate performance that's surprisingly endearing. It has a loud sound without too much aggression.
Joy To The World - 4 stars
Excellent drums and a real-band sound drive "Joy To The World" right over the top. The simplicity and honesty of the sound is very refreshing. Gritty and cool.
Jingle Bells - 3 stars
"Jingle Bells" is modestly arranged with simple rock attitude. Its crisp sound and genuine feel are very nice.
Feliz Navidad - 4 stars
A bit of "Feliz Navidad" brings on a basic rock arrangement that's right out of your garage... no, not next to the Honda, nor crude, but pure honest sound and direct playing, It may not rock your world exactly, but it sure is good to hear someone play this well and still use a real rock sound.
Silver Bells - 3 stars
Easy moving, beautiful in an electric sort of way, "Silver Bells" is rather refreshingly arranged. The bass is so smooth!
The Christmas Song - 3 stars
With a kind of jazzy arrangement, the guitar plays "The Christmas Song" solo with stereo reverb for spread.
Deck the Halls - 4 stars
Muted chop chords, big drums, and thundering bass pummel the underside of "Deck the Halls" while the guitar plays really clean lines. This is a very original arrangement. Big grins from me!
Silent Night - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - 4 stars
"Silent Night" rings from the guitar above dramatic cymbals for a very fine sound. It yields to a much bolder "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with very cool drums. Christmas with grit.
Jolly Old St. Nicholas - 3 stars
"Jolly Old St. Nicholas" is more surfy than most here, with lovely notes and easy drums and bass. It's a slow piece with a bit of jazz-country twang. Very nice.
We Wish You A Merry Christmas - 3 stars
Muted chop chords and surf drums are pumped by pulsing bass lines. The rock guitar tone is genuine, bringing a fresh face in a simple and very effective arrangement. Quite cool.
White Christmas - 3 stars
Long flowing chords in stereo reverb ambiance carry this gentle version of "White Christmas" off in solo form. Tastefully done.
We Four Kings -4 stars
The Blue Hawaiians' arrangement is the basis for this. Though derived from it, its tone is gritty and more rock, making it sound fresh and cool.
Auld Lang Syne - 4 stars
Christmas ends with New Years... "Auld Lang Syne" is a power pop romp with big grins. I like this arrangement a lot. Grit, power, distortion, and soaring notes.
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The Deadlies : A Very Deadly Christmas (Self Distributed)
A host of instrumental surf bands have taken a stab at Christmas fare, but this California-based trio turns in one of the best since 1965's popular Ventures' Christmas Album. Where the former turned favorites like "Sleigh Ride" and "Jingle Bell Rock" into "Walk Don't Run" and "Memphis," respectively, lead guitarist James Patrick Regan and his cohorts rock out just as much while remaining faithful to the carols (although who can blame them for weaving "LaBamba" into "Feliz Navidad"?). - DF
“the Deadlies" are at the forefront of a new "cutting edge" wave of Surf Music. They remain true to the roots of surf music, by paying homage to Dick Dale, the Ventures, the Belairs and the Chantays, while adding striking new elements and crafting their own brand of “High Powered Surf Music." The Deadlies are fast becoming the most exciting and electrifying new band in the realm of Surf Music. Finally Surf Music is being played by people who surf."
We have a TV show, we are the house "Cave Band" on "Creepy KOFY Movietime" with Balrok and No Name which is now finishing our fourth season. and appear frequently on Retro Night on the ABC affiliate KOFY TV-20 cable channel 13.
We are the "house band" at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA.
We have performed for the W hotel chain, the various County Fairs, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Sacramento International Airport (as guests of the TSA), the Uptown Theater in Napa (an unprecedented three times their first season) and other larger venues in California and Nevada.
Our music has been featured on Live 105, 107.7FM the Bone (San Francisco), 99.3FM KVYN (Napa) and 810AM KGO (San Francisco). Bob our bass player is a DJ at KVYN/KVON -Napa.
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