Surf-revival guitarist Mark Brodie – previously of Mark Brodie & the Beaver Patrol – formed the Metalunas upon his return to Vancouver from Japan, where he had lived from 1996-97 fronting another surf combo called the Saboteurs. Featuring a rhythm section of Mike Cinnamon (bass) and Rod Moore (drums), the Metalunas made their recording debut in 1999 with X-Minus-One (American Pop Project). “Swingin’ Planet” followed in 2000 on Wildebeeste Records. Their final album, “Instrumentals of Terror” was released in 2002. Members rotated in and out of the group until they disbanded in 2004.
The Metalunas are: Mark Brodie (Guitar, Bass, Organ), Rod Moore (Drums), Trevor Laishley (Rthym Guitar).
All songs written by Mark Brodie except “Paradise Cove” (The Surfmen), “High Wall” (The Wailers) and “Lonely Surfer” (Jack Nitzsche).
Tracks 1-10 recorded at Soundhouse, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Tracks 11-14 recorded at Greengate Studios, Langley, BC, Canada.
1 Space Age Tomorrow
2 Monkey Knife Fight
3 Stone Age Stomp
4 Wolf Pack
6 Paradise Cove
7 High Wall
8 Mad Doctor
9 Groovy Guru
10 Jump The Shark
11 Bikini Party
12 The Lonely Surfer
13 Do The Scratch ‘n’ Sniff
14 Gidget Must Die
The Metalunas – Interstellar Surf Party (The Lost EP) ****
This ep was slated for release in 2003, but the label disappeared faster than it appeared, and it never saw the light of day. Mark Brodie tells the tale:
Back in 2003 The Metalunas were contacted by a guy in Texas who was planning to start a record label called K.R.E.E.P.Y. Records, and he wanted us to do an EP for him, as well as some tracks for other upcoming compilation releases.
We recorded four songs for the planned release called Interstellar Surf Party. The artwork was done and everything was ready to go. And then… the owner literally vanished off the face of the earth!
He stopped responding to emails and wouldn’t pick up his phone or return any messages. We were left with our four songs and no explanation as to the record’s cancellation or the disappearance of our record label exec.
We started to wonder if maybe he’d died or something. More likely, he ran out of money. I discovered through some research online that he’d also commissioned a bunch of promotional items for his label, including some tiki mugs designed by a well-known artist from Mexico… the same artist who’d designed the EP artwork.
Anyway, I was digging through my CD collection the other day and came across the songs, which I previously thought I had lost. I figured: waste not, want not, and decided to post them on YouTube.
Bikini Party ***** /// Mark Brodie’s sense of melody remains unsurpassed, as is evidenced by “Bikini Party.” Chunky surf rhythm and a walking bass line drive the song, and the drums are just right for its style. This is totally excellent!
The Lonely Surfer *** /// This is a solid cover of Jack Nitzsche slow haunted hit “The Lonely Surfer.” The Metalunas do it with tremolo coolness and restrained power. The organ subs for the horns for a less brash sound. Quite nice!
Do The Scratch N Sniff **** /// With a sort of island holiday melody, “Do The Scratch N Sniff” bounces and charms. It’s really hard not to like this, and the chants of “hey” add spunk. Really fun track!
Gidget Must Die ***** /// A little dark and spy like, this song features great whammy and island chords, and a solid, compelling rhythm. On the moody side, but still optimistic. I don’t know if “Gidget Must Die” borrows its title from the book of the same name, but, no matter.
— Reviewed by Phil Dirt (Reverb Central) < www.reverbcentral.com/reviews/m/metalunas7383.html >