Messer Chups – Church Of Reverb (2013)
After yesterday’s review of the latest Man Or Astroman? album, I thought it would be nice to follow that up with the latest from another great surf revival band.
Formed as a spin-off from the fantastic Russian experimental-electro-exotica Messer Fur Frau Muller, Messer Chups still have an experimental edge to them, but incorporate more of a surf sound and a b-movie horror themes (unlike the kitsch futurism of Messer Fur Frau Muller).
The music is upbeat, fun and exactly want out of a surf album, reverb-laden twangy guitars that evoke the ghost of Duane Eddie, a lot of kitsch tongue in cheek, especially on a surfed-up version of Gershon Kingsley’s Popcorn.
Church of Reverb is a mostly instrumental album, which makes the songs with singing stand out a little; for example Rockin’ Zombie jars a little. Also, the scope of surf is not massive, but Messer Chups manage to stay fresh throughout.
I much enjoyed this album. It is not as experimental as it could have been given the source, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun, with great tunes, and a great cult-film feel. I don’t think Messer Chups are ever going to excite me the way Messer Fur Frau Muller do, but until they do, I’m willing to keep listening.
Favourite tracks: Dracula Hates Photoshoots, Harlem Nocturne, Hula Tikula
Spotify link: Messer Chups – Church of Reverb