Cawama (Sea Sick)
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre: Surf Rock, Garage Rock
Sounds Like: Speedball Baby, The Mermen
Cawama has a certain style and level of class that shines after several rotations. The band’s consistency and well thought out song structure becomes very apparent and soothing once you roll up your sleeves and really get into this one. The backbone of Cawama’s sound is found in the underlying surf rock melody riffs. The production has a classic 60s feel. Pereira’s vocal performance waivers between B-52s flippancy to Smithereens steadiness. Our collection was seriously in need of a project like this. A band with some lightheartedness, not taking itself too seriously, but delivering a quality consistent sound. Cawama attacks the surfer rock genre and infuses significant depth and substance not often found amongst its competitors.
The foursome have released their first full-length in Sea Sick as a follow-up to their 2015 EP Feedback. Hailing from British Columbia the band was formed by the Miron brothers who do a terrific job on guitars and percussion in conjunction with Pareira.
1. Planet of Sharks (2:47)
2. One Eye Closed (2:49)
3. Outta Sight(3:38)
4. Hot Summer Nights (2:45)
5. Perfectomundo (3:08)
6. 4th Dimension (2:50)
7. Belladonna (3:54)
8. Come Around (2:46)
9. Feedback (3:31)
10. Don’t Call Me Son of Sam (7:55)
"Belladonna" is perhaps the most commercially viable and catchy of the ten tracks. It is tight and contains all the ingredients that Cawama sprinkles around throughout the album. Our favorite, however, is "4th Dimension". Tremendous hooks and a bit of a darker flare to it. Pareira’s vocals are a bit more pronounced with some slight echo. The track reminds us of the twighlight-zone hitting the comforts of the coast for an episode.
Are there any other interesting moments within Sea Sick?
The closing track has about a minute or so of space at the end and soon morphs into a hidden track. A two minute diddy which is well worth your time. Great melody and rawness to this one... a very strong ending to 10 solid tracks.
Adult Beverage Pairing:
We highly recommend the 'Pickled Surfer'
1 1/2 fluid ounces of Canadian whiskey
1/2 fluid ounce bread and butter pickle juice, plus a few pickle slices for garnish
juice of 1/2 lime, plus an extra lime wedge for garnish
Old Bay seasoning for garnish (optional)
Danny Pereira - Guitar & Vocals
Derrick Doll - Bass
Robb Miron - Guitar
Tino Miron - Drums & Vocals
In all honesty, the surfer rock genre is not often one we seek out. While we peruse it from time to time, it is seldom an album will catch out attention. Cawama have a certain class and quality about them that will draw you in. They balance lightheartedness with impressive guitar work and quality vocals. Our gut instinct is that these guys would be extremely entertaining to see life. We highly recommend you pick this one up and put it in heavy rotation.