Vinyl Review: Grinder Nova

Grinder Nova
7-inch Singles
Atlanta, GA

“ATL voodoo-beach party (on vinyl)”

My original tag-line for this review was “please send me my own a copy of this (on vinyl)”, but I opted to change it in the interest of professionalism. This Grinder Nova 7-inch is by far one of my favorite things I’ve reviewed this year. Funky, dirty-nasty, surf, mariachi music from Atlanta. Grinder Nova sounds like the soundtrack to an Annette Funicello surf flick (directed by Quentin Tarantino) that ends in a gun fight.

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The EP is an uptempo party-rocker that shines in its instrumental sections. The 3-song set kicks off with “Tijuana Sidewinder,” a guitar driven surf tune, accented with punchy bursts from the Pit-Stop Mariachi band, and follows up with a B-side called “Cordoba Raza” (some great guitar styling on the beginning of this one). Also as a bonus it includes a live version of “Tijuana Christmas.” If this record came out in 1960 it would have most likely featured a smoking hot girl in a leoperd bikini on the cover. Pull out those hi-ball glasses and crank up the hi-fi.

Track this band down and cop this record for your next beach party.

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