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Space BarBQ

by Sandblasters

Instrumental Surf, Spy, Space trio from Austin, Texas with Southwestern influence. Big twangy guitars deliver a potent soundtrack for a sci-fi space cowboy adventure movie.
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1. Wierd Satellite
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2. Wave King
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3. Petrina
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4. Naked Pirahna
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5. Water Gunn
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6. Myan Sun Dance
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7. Tarantula Taco
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8. Mookiest Limbo
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9. Fiberglass Camel
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10. Oyster Wax
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11. Body Bag
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12. Jupiter Beach
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Instrumental Surf Spy-Fi Spaghetti Western Space Cowboy Experimental Art Rock for Life's Adventures. The Sandblasters are an Austin, Texas band that play original Spanish and Tex Mex influenced western visionary surf and twang. The songs on this 1st CD "Space BBQ" are all original, written by Mark Stultz and recorded at the legendary Cedar Creek Studios in Austin, TX. Engineered by Tim Dittmar and produced by the Sandblasters
Sandblasters have played with Dick Dale, Man or Astroman MOAM, Southern Culture on the Skids SCOTS, the Mermen, Deadbolt, Slacktone and at SXSW. Their music has appeared as soundtracks on Jon Keeyes Hyland Myst films, MTV Games and Reality shows and PBS specials.

Mark Stultz- guitar
Spencer Clarke - drums
Chris Happel- bass

Space BarBQ CD Reviews from around the globe...

Austin Chronicle, Texas
The Pulp Fiction soundtrack didn’t merely jolt a tidal wave of interest in surf music, it also tied the genre in with B-movie schtick, tribal rhythms, and twang, three things which this Austin trio pledge their allegiance over the course of their full-length CD debut. It’s not Man or Astro Man? Just yet, but rather a Mexican Bullfight in the sand, and that’s still plenty Tarantino for me.
~Raoul Hernandez

Option Music Culture Magazine August 1997

Reverb never really went away. It just got tweaked and twisted, overwhelmed by drier fuzzier distortions, and nudged aside by digital echoes. But, as both surf music and rockabilly have experienced healthy comebacks over the past few years, so has that cavernous twang. The Sandblasters can be found on the surfing side of the street, as their name implies. They’ve got all the sound down pat. What sets them apart are their tunes, which are a bit more interesting than the usual blues progressions or “Maleguena” riffs. Nothing too outrageous, just more melodic development and far fewer nods to classics like “Surf Beat” or “Secret Agent Man” . I guess that makes this album less than an instant classic, but quite a bit more interesting than just a genre piece.
~Michael Davis

Pipeline Instrumental Review, Surrey, England
A reverb snap opens up Weird Satellite, the punchy surfy, space theme that sets the tone for this, the first CD from The Sandblasters. Mark Stultz’s biting, echoey guitar sound takes the lead with plenty of tremoloed chords to savour. Organ provides support on this and a couple of other tracks, a second guitar is also used to good effect on occasion. Dramatic acoustic work introduces the Wave King with more of that tough lead guitar. Our European friends will recognize the term piggtrad (barbed wire) which was used in the 60’s to describe a tough electric guitar sound, it was never more appropriately applied than to The Sandblasters! Both of these tracks clock in at around 2 ½ minutes to provide a dynamic start to Space Bar-B-Q.

Next up is Petrina , actually Jerry Lordan’s evocative Santa Ana and presumably therefore a tribute to the great songwriter. A fine arrangement from the band contributes significantly to his theme. Naked Piranha takes it on with crashing chords and cascading runs to create a Latin-surf feel with a neat arrangement that incorporates a bass & drum break alongside more from the guitar. This tasty track and the surfbeat section of Fiberglass Camel are the closest to traditional surf-styled pieces. The mean and moody Body Bag links in a touch of Rumble for dramatic effect while the slow Tarantula Taco has a deep lead allied to a strong acoustic rhythm in a fine Latin arrangement. The acoustic feature Myan Sun Dance is a brilliantly tense and dramatic number, using only guitar and hand percussion instruments. It’s an amazing achievement that provides variety to the set in an unusual way. Elsewhere the album is filled with solid power guitar rock with a surfy edge, but it’s those special arrangements which will ensure The Sandblasters’ future.

Space Bar-B-Q is a significant step forward from their cassettes and a satisfying debut, I have a feeling they are going to be even better next time around.
~Alan Taylor


New Gandy Dancer, Magazine For Rock Instrumental Music, UK

Not to be boring - but you’ll have a job believing these guys are a trio. 100% Mark Stultz songs Mark is the lead player with snappy drumming from Spencer Clarke and busy bass playing from anchorman Chris Happel. Mookiest Limbo is Link Wray with a bit of surf thrown in, while Water Gunn is much reminiscent of The Ventures 007-11 from 1966. But don’t get the impression that this band is a throwback - Fiberglass Camel carries a camel beat, if that’s possible, and is a haunting 12 bar, slow and deliberate with drums accentuating the big beat until they introduce a raving middle section. There’s lots of guitar effects pushed in too, on a CD of innovative rock instrumental guitar, that , while original and inventive, doesn’t stray too far from rock spy and surf as we know it. A bullet!****
~Davy Peckett



The Continental Magazine, Bellingham, WA.

“Instro-mentals for Surf and space travel”. This effort from the Sandblasters is a high-energy, full-on twangfest. Combining all of the elements that make surf and exotica cool, this 12 track collection has got to be one of the best releases of 1996! Even more amazing is the fact that these are all originals. Some of the melodies may seem familiar, but that’s cuz they take the influence of others and use it to create a sound all their own. Never has such cool music come from a trio. My personal favs were the reverb and Farfisa-driven Weird Satellite and the driving Oyster Wax. ~Sean Berry


ORB Confidential , Nashua, NJ

Surf’s Up! And Austin’s own Sandblasters are leading the parade. Extremely traditional 60’s American surf sounds are expertly delivered here, with a tasteful hint of good ‘ol Texas boogie surfing through the mix. For anyone not already hip to The Sandblasters, vocals are not included in this too cool instrumental band.

From a musician’s standpoint, these guys are as tight as Gidget’s ass!

~J. Belanger

…The Sandblasters opened for Dick dale on 6th Street in Austin. I think we’ll be seeing lots of this hot surf/space music. They were already on three international surf music compilations when the wave of popularity grew out of Pulp Fiction, and now Third Rock From The Sun. With Space Bar-B-Q, their new CD in their fists, the waves will be rising.

~ Sue Donahoe

Point Break, Hamburg, GERMANY

Austin, Texas again, tape again. The Sandblaster first caught my attention when I read a review of their first tape in New Gandy Dancer, like one or two years back. I had never heard them, but they kinda stuck out in my mind because they had a number of tunes, originally done by Laika and the Cosmonauts. I already knew about Laika playing in Texas more than anywhere else, and the Teisco Del Rey connection they got. Great to see an up and coming band having solid, global inspiration and giving credit.

As I am listening to Petrina, the opener, I realize how mature The Sandblaster already are. It is a mid-tempo tune, with interesting rhythm accents and a rather non-sixties style to it. To give you a hint I could describe the sound as a striped down Insect Surfers.

General speaking, I want to mention the patented Laika chromatisms (spy-ish for the music theoretically-challenged reader). In real life, they are a trio, but recordings are something different, and so Mark Stultz sometimes supports his leads with powerful and competently placed chords. Like on Body Bag, which is a real dramatic and classy one. Myan Sun Dance has got a magic blend of acoustic guitar, tambourine, toms and electric guitar. The rhythm somehow reminds me of the Mermen. It seems these guys are very into all the really modern bands.

As I am interested in odd surfing-locales, like Germany, places California guys laugh at, at best. I would love to see a video of Gulfcoast Longboarding with a soundtrack score by The Sandblasters. I am convinced (for a long time, now even more so) that it is rather the desire to surf good waves, than being all surf-out at the end of the day, that makes you create this kind of music. Enjoying it in a live bar, after a couple of hours of sun, salt, wind and water is always great of course. The Sandblasters managed to create a very inspired and entertaining tape. The tunes are shorter than the Insect Surfers and Mermen’s ones, I like it! Guys, contact a video company about a Gulf surfing video, do the music and send it to me for review. Leave your music as powerful, alive and a bit raw ( I mean not super-polished) as it is.

All the best for the Sandblasters.

~Sebastian Hartmann



Surf Music USA, Utah

After releasing several successful self-produced cassettes over the last couple of years, The Sandblasters reach for a higher wave with their 1st CD Space Bar-B-Q. For a three-piece outfit they have a clean full sound and more often than not sound like a four piece group. Wave King features a nice acoustic guitar intro while Myan Sun Dance is all acoustic. They get down and dirty with Mookiest Limbo that greatly reminds you of the new Dick Dale sound. Oyster Wax and Jupiter Beach takes you to the hidden depths of the 007 genre. To slow you down a bit The Sandblasters pick out Body Bag . With liner notes from Davy Peckett and an awesome colored CD disc, we have a winner here. The Sandblasters are a powerful surf trio for the nineties.
~Robert Dalley



Mike’s Feedback Music Zine, Austin, TEXAS

Surf’s up dude! Pray for sharks…land sharks that is. The Sandblasters are definitely making their own kind of waves with Space Bar-B-Q, twelve rocking “instro-mentals” custom designed for surf and space travel. It will have you longing for the beach and salt spray. The Sandblasters are Mark Stultz, Spencer Clarke and Chris Happel. They manage to squeeze out the most intense and exotic surf sounds that I have heard from three guys since I spent tripping around the beaches of southern California. Not all surf music is created equal, and the Sandblasters prove it with Space Bar-B-Q. Petrina had me longing for a beach party where all the cool guys hang (and the chicks, well…)..Miss Funicello could’ve easily wooed Moon Doggy with a groove like this . Myan Sun Dance and Tarantula Taco give a South of the Border flavor to their brand of surf music. Oyster Wax made me ready to don my trench coat and fedora. Best of all, I got to surf the net while groovin’ to a beat that grabbed me by the toes and rocked me to the quick. Whether you’re hanging ten, or just hanging, try to catch this offering from The Sandblasters. Better yet, grab your favorite beach bunny and find a place to do the swim, the pony, or any other funky, groovy dance and …cut loose!

~W.T. Bryant

Phil Dirt’s ‘Surf’s Up’ Internet Surf Music Site Santa Cruz, CALIFORNIA
Jalepeno Salsa Surf! Finally The Sandblasters make it to CD. This effort is quite good. The Sandblasters have an Austin Surf sound, meaning there’s the unmistakable Austin feel about it, and the Surf is the underlying current. Mark Stultz writes and plays guitar, and is supported synergistically by drummer Spencer Clarke and bass player Chris Happel. Mark’s melodies are generally Southwest / Surf / Spy / Spaghetti Western oriented, with heavy doses of South of the Border…Weird Satellite starts right of with a big reverb kick, then settles into a grande melody and spacey feel. Very nice number. Wave King opens with a Spanish acoustic guitar into a big Austin whammy surf number with a nice melody line. Petrina is a traditional tune with a light and Euro arrangement. Naked Piranha is very VERY dark, with huge grodie guitars issuing up low-E comin’-to-getcha chords. Water Gunn is a very unusual tune, with it’s cowboy rhythm and double picked bridge. Myan Sun Dance is an acoustic near-tango with hand drums, pretty but not special. Tarantula Taco is a grand song with mariachi trumpets and beautiful chords. This is a huge winner!!! The female vocals that come into the song near the middle are the frosting on the cake. Mookiest Limbo is hardly a limbo…it’s a Link Wray sluggish in your street gang number that moves into a swashbuckling scene before a low-E menacing melody and back to the Link thing. Heavy duty track. Fiberglass Camel moves from a really nice Middle eastern melody / progression into a big Dick dale sounding lead. Oyster Wax has lots of James Bond influence and a nice melody feel. Body Bag sounds just like the name implies, a corpse lying in the alley in a B-movie detective story. Jupiter Beach is very Los Straitjackets oriented with twinges of Penetration. This is a very good .*** ~ Phil Dirt- Reverb Central

Arena Magazine, Austin TEXAS
This is the real thing. With the advent of retro (does that make sense?) lots and lots of 60’s and 70’s sounds are making their way back into popular music. Remember spinning your sister’s Ventures records on her cheap turntable that has speakers built right into the sides? This is what you would’ve heard - bone rattling reverb, jazz style drumming, lots of minor chords and a whole lot of guitar. They even do the fake flamenco E to F progression better than anybody BUT the Ventures. add to that a little rock n roll swagger on Mookiest Limbo and you’ve got one helluva party record. ~JAG

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