The Assassin, The Cadillac Hitmen
Hellhouse CD1, 1997
Black Hills / Desert Floor / Fistfull Of Amphetamines / Lonestar State Of Mind / Eldorado / The Stalker / The Assassin / The Downhill Side / Flowmaster / Bullwhip / The Incident At Nacho Grande

When Broken White Records sent me a copy of this CD, I was pleasantly suprised. I did not have it in my collection yet, even though it had been issued in 1997. I did know The Cadillac Hitmen's second CD "Tri-State Killing Spree", a masterpiece, as is this one. State of the art for lovers of instrumental music based on the original 50s/60s surf instrumentals, but matured through to the years to a class of its own. I'm not gonna comment on every track on this CD, because each and everyone is a gem on its own, sure to send shivers down your spine. All eleven tracks are Cadillac Hitmen originals, no covers! My absolute favorites on this CD are "Fistfull Of Amphetamines" and "Bullwhip", a thrilling joy to my ears with fantastic moodswings. If you have ever heard The Cadillac Hitmen before, you must know what I'm talking about. If not, go get one of their CDs, or even better, get both!

The BlackCat, 1999

Brian Parrish (The Instro Planet) wrote:
Instrumental rock, like any form of music, has to progress to survive. You'll find that any "surf" band nowadays is either still caught in 1962-era surf music (the "Trad" or traditional sound) or is trying to push the envelope. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the 1960's stuff, but I prefer Instro Rock that's modern and reflects modern times. Instro music really has little to do with surf culture these days. If every band is trying to copy the Astronauts, Dick Dale, the Surfaris or Lively Ones, nothing new or unique develops. I like bands like The Cadillac Hitmen, Sandblasters, Hypnomen, Mermen, etc. because they take the classic, twangy guitar sound and make it better, while never losing the essence of the music. It's great to be a part of such a revolutionary album as "Tri-state Killing Spree". (Brian Parrish designed and photographed the album cover of "Tri-State")

The Cadillac Hitmen
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Greenland, NH 03840 (US)
+1 (603) 431-2105
Broken White Records
140 Fleet St.
Portsmouth NH 03801
United States

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