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Yes, you have stumbled into The World of The Penetrators: agents of The Southern Surf Syndicate on a mission to win the hearts and minds of unsuspecting civilians around the globe to that most glorious and musically pure genre of rock & roll: full-bore, r

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Yes, you have stumbled into The World of The Penetrators: agents of The Southern Surf Syndicate on a mission to win the hearts and minds of unsuspecting civilians around the globe to that most glorious and musically pure genre of rock & roll: full-bore, reverb-drenched instrumental surf music.

Wow. Pretty lofty goals for a bunch of Alabama boys with a taste for scotch whiskey, Fender guitars and blondes with credit cards. Brought together through the Southern Surf Syndicate (S3 -- pronounced "S-Cubed" for short), an organization of clear-headed, strong-jawed individuals who work through both covert and overt tactical means to their strategic goal of turning modern pop-culture on its head, the agents are well-trained and well-motivated. With Rip Thrillby on lead guitar, Trace Luger on bass, Illya "Stix" Stechkin on drums and Spanky "Crazy Legs" Twangler on rhythm guitar, The Penetrators face the world as early-sixties men trapped in a mid-nineties world, but with two secret weapons: charisma and good taste.

And look at what they're up against: the insidious effects of a hitherto secret collusion of evil-minded culture-vampires known as G.R.E.M.M.I.E., The Global Resistance to Eliminate Manly Music's Influence Eternally. G.R.E.M.M.I.E.'s goal is to beat the average music fan into cold, naked submission through a constant barrage of sour-souled propaganda that makes consumers buy, buy, BUY whatever brain-damaging G.R.E.M.M.I.E.-approved garbage comes over the transom, ensuring further submission and continued prosperity for their nefarious schemes.

G.R.E.M.M.I.E.'s vile tentacles have a chokehold on all entrenched, centralized media outlets -- every day of the week radio, TV, and magazines spew a fetid stream of pasty-skinned bands inflicting their neuroses and bad hygiene on action-starved teens innocently seeking nothing more than a good time, raising whining, self-pity, atonal screeching and just plain lousy song-writing to the level of "art."

Huh. Well, The Penetrators are not whiners, and they have excellent hygiene. (They wear damn sharp-looking threads, too.) And most of all, call them a lot of things, but never, ever, "artists." Artists are "deep"... "misunderstood"... full of "fragile emotions." In contrast, The Penetrators are shallow and easy to understand, and have brains filled with thoughts as durable as Hunter Thompson's liver.

What it really all boils down to is one guiding principle: fun. Remember that? Rock & roll was never supposed to be a bummer. And through the work of The Penetrators and several other bands you'll hear about on this site, rock & roll is anything BUT a bummer -- in fact, you might use words like "exuberant" or "raucous" or "jubilant" or even, gulp, "beautiful." No kidding!

So, once again, welcome to The Amazing and Dangerous World of The Penetrators. Here on the World Wide Web, G.R.E.M.M.I.E. has no monopoly, though brother, they're trying -- and it is that freedom from the tyranny of conformity that allows us to bring you these sights and sounds. So kick back, pop the top on your beverage of choice, and explore the site -- you just might leave a happier person.

Here's what the press has said about 'Locked & Loaded':

Locked and Loaded is the long awaited second CD release from Alabama's Penetrators, and it's head and shoulders above the first. Outstanding writing, well developed surf and spy instros, a variety of influences, and consistently strong sound. The lads have outdone themselves. The only crime is how long we all waited for this puppy. Excellent album.
--Phil Dirt (https://www.tradebit.com).

Thrusting onto the surf rock scene of Atlanta, GA, the Penetrators made their official recording debut in 1996 with the album Kings of the High-Speed Weekend on Southern Surf Records. Following the EPs Hit the Jet Stream With... and The Penetrators Meet the Space Cossacks both in 1997, the Penetrators second album, Locked and Loaded, was released two years later on Double Crown Records.
--Mike DaRonco, All Music Guide

Here's a review of Locked & Loaded in the new issue of New Gandy Dancer:

THE PENETRATORS "LOCKED & LOADED" CD

(Double Crown Records no #; USA; 38 mins)

Checkpoint Echo / 50 Bucks A Midget / Redlined / Midnight Run / Deception Bay / Another Time, Another Place / Codename: Gypsy / Speed Bump / Single-Malt Stomp / Triple-Dog Dare / Mariner 4 / Locked & Loaded / Southern Surf Syndicate Stomp

At last The Penetrators have a second album to their credit, and boy does it get off to a flying start. Checkpoint Echo is one stunning number that manages the seemingly impossible: it would sit as comfortably on a UK/Euro guitar instro album as it does on this American surf-styled set. It has a driving rhythm and a beautifully echoed melodic and evocative lead. 50 Bucks A Midget sounds quite routine in comparison but Redlined is a driving reverb surfer of considerable power.

As ever, Gary Usher/Dick Burns' Midnight Run shines brightly and The Penetrators give it plenty of polish with their fine delivery. Damped reverb picking sets the stage for a moody lead on the atmospheric slowie Deception Bay. It's a tasty and effective diversion form all the activity around it, this is one to set beside The Surfraiders' great Point Conception '63. Another Time, Another Place shifts the action up a couple of gears to a catchy mid-tempo beat, with more of that damped picking in the background and a ringing lead. Codename: Gypsy moves into top gear but doesn't miss out on the melody front either, this has the feel of an Exodus-inspired theme and that's OK by me. Speed Bump is a traditional surf stomp and I'm also partial to the occasional dose of single malt, which is celebrated here with a Celtic flourish.

Triple-Dog Dare features the duetting and duelling guitars of Rip Thrillby and Spanky Twangler before the second cover, an excellent version of The Ventures' Mariner 4 in full space flight â love those chords! The title track is deep and dirty, a slow and menacing spy theme of great stature that builds nicely at the end. The album closes with a romp through the Southern Surf Syndicate Theme which is a trademark melodic fast surfer. A fitting conclusion to this balanced and highly enjoyable set.

(Alan Taylor)

'Locked And Loaded' has been played stations all over the world, including:

KCSN (Northridge, CA), KFJC (Santa Cruz, CA), KOOP (Austin, TX), KDHX-FM (St. Louis), KSYM (San Antonio, TX), WJCU (Cleveland, OH), https://www.tradebit.com, KFAI (Minneapolis, MN)


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