SONG PREMIERE: The Tremolo Beer Gut Head to Space with Slinky Surf Rocker “Planet Urf!”

Those wild and woolly Scandinavians did it again! The mighty “TBG” (that’s what their loyal fans call the band, buster) returns with You Can’t Handle… The Tremolo Beer Gut on June 18th – an instantly classic collection of instro-mental Surf, Twang, and Rock and Roll Bang that’s crammed full of luscious, reverb-drenched hooks, furious fuzz and surfin’ snare that’s more than enough to please even the most discerning of Dick Dale, Davie Allan, and Duane Eddy fans! Also noteworthy here is that You Can’t Handle… marks the debut collaboration between legendary Surf and Garage Rock label MuSick Recordings (LA, CA), No-Count Records (Seattle, WA – recently founded by The Boss Martians’ own Foster Brothers), and ultra-hip Crunchy Frog (Copenhagen, DK) – which also happens to be TBG HQ (and notably the label that debuted bands like The Raveonettes and PowerSolo)!

You Can’t Handle… contains 16 tracks of instro-mental surf, twang, and rock ‘n’ roll bang that are crammed full of luscious, reverb-drenched hooks, furious fuzz and surfin’ snare are more than enough to please even the most discerning of Dick Dale, Davie Allan and Duane Eddy fans. It features a slew of notable guests including members of The Ravonettes, Psyched Up Janis, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash, Pussy Galore, Boss Hog, The Sonics, The Boss Martians, The Huntington Cads and The Courettes.

The music draws inspiration from garage rock, the surfy side of the Pixies, indie rock, spaghetti westerns and evokes film composers such as John Barry, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin and Ennio Morricone as well as the music and sounds of Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, and Joe Meek.

Today Glide is excited to premiere the spooky surf rocker “Planet Urf!,” a clear standout on the album. The song’s motto (yes, it has its own motto) was inspired by famous craft brewery Mikkeller creating a tribute beer for the band. The short and sweet tune is two straight minutes of reverb-soaked sci-fi guitar rock that finds the band injecting a touch of rockabilly to make for an instrumental that is slinky, mysterious, and downright fun. Like a good beer, the song is finished before you know it, but within its short span we get a proper taste of what makes TBG such a one-of-a-kind band. 

Band member Yebo describes the inspiration behind the tune:

When we formed our band long ago in a galaxy far far away, we came up with the motto: “Putting the URF! back in surf”. We wanted to fuse the cool twang of surf guitars with the raw power of garage rock ’n’ roll. The motto came to mind when our friends from Mikkeller decided to do a TBG beer. A jalapeño infused New England hazy IPA. Like our band, a boldly flavoured potion, a medicine bringing life to the ones that need it, but (almost) lethal to the ones that don’t. Sunding came up with the idea to call it Planet Urf! Mikkel (Bjergsø, owner and brewer at Mikkeller) loved it. We loved it. And we drank it all. In honour of that fine collab, we named this tune after the beer and asked Mikkel to read the recipe backwards to make it menacing and weird. We always had the dream of using beer as a reverb tank, and since Mikkeller co-owns the Warpigs Brewpub in Copenhagen, they agreed to let us play the music through a huge tank with some heavy stout brewing. That’s the odd sounds and echoes that can mostly be heard at the beginning of the tune. And so we put the beer back in The Tremolo Beer Gut. Literally. 


Photo credit: Henrik Ziegler

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  1. The URF style is gradually becoming more and more popular, the impression with this band is that the experience is as real as stepping into space when listening to the first tunes in each of their songs. This is something that a few musicians can do.

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