Comb in Blue Water
WINNER BEST INSTRUMENTAL BAND FOR 2002 BEST INSTRUMENTAL BAND NOMINEE, 1999 and 2000 L.A. WEEKLY MUSIC AWARDS 'Double Naught Spy Car rocks, socks, rolls, roils, and sizzles. This is a swinging, raunchy, bluesy, throaty, growling band. Their tunes rock, their musicianship rolls, their overall brainpower sizzles. Double Naught Spy Car rules. Woof.' -- James Ellroy, crime novelist 'This L.A. quartet sometimes lends their all-instrumental support to the readings of James Elroy, that hardest of hard-boiled crime novelists. Like Ellroy's novels, DOUBLE NAUGHT SPY CAR combines dead-on noir flavor with a modern perspective that's both brutal and poetic. Many noveau-instrumental combos excel at retro vibe, but few mix the past and present so convincingly.' -- Joe Gore, Guitar Player Magazine 'Silver Lake instrumentalists DOUBLE NAUGHT SPY CAR have a nifty way with a song title. 'Arrangement With A Dung Beetle? jan-michael vincent rehab.com?' Hey, I'm already sold. But at the end of the day, when the cattle are in their pens and the cowpokes ride into town lookin' fer kicks, what really counts are good songs and burnin' instrumental interplay--and Double Naught Spy Car's got 'em both by the wagonload. Spin Comb In Blue Water and dig the way the rawhide gallop of 'Hybrid Vigor' explodes into double-time rock riffing, or the way Paul Lacques' lap steel makes the aforementioned 'vincent' resemble a sped up (and severely warped) Friends of Dean Martinez 45. 'For Your Needs Away From Home' is a twangy ballad with a lovely, Mojave-like shimmer, while 'I Rose In A Field' sounds like Santo & Jonny making themselves at home in Lee Perry's Black Ark studio. In short, Double Naught Spy Car make great background music--but they're even better when you pay attention.' --Dan Epstein, L.A. WEEKLY 'Davie Allan biker burn banked with a layer of Chicago chug and huffed with a mean L.A. smog. Dig Paul's dentals while feeling his lap steel lines rip up your back like space rays. Comb In Blue Water delivers it's densities like few other recordings in this frangible digital age; so don't try to use it as background sound, because it won't leave you alone. Perspiration is permitted.' -- Greg Burk, L.A. WEEKLY 'Roots noir instrumentalists Double Naught Spy Car are one of the tightest and most innovative outfits on the local scene, as evidenced by their debut CD, Comb In Blue Water (11 Foot Pole Records). The band draws on influences from jazz to surf 'n' drag with a playful yet full-throttle approach.' --Gwynne Garfinkle, L.A. Weekly 'The guitar wrangling smokes, ranging from smooth to strangle-city. Frank Zappa's description of Johnny Guitar Watson's fretwork applies here 'It's like an ice-pick in the forehead.'' --Gerry Fialka, Flipside TOP TEN L.A. CDs of 1997 'The Ventures on Valium.' -- Scott Lenz, Buzz Magazine 'Your guitar work is fabulous!' -- Davie Allan 'Double Naught Spy Car rides a precarious space of coolness between surf rock, jazz, and (dare I say) country, offering up a highly original sound that puts them quite a bit above the typical tremolo-twanger instrumental combo of the 90's. Oh, wait; it's the 00's. Well, then, there's no better time for the Double Naught Spy Car, I'd say. This LA four-piece is tight as I wish my abs were, and with titles like 'jan-michaelvincentrehab.com,' 'The Rube Cubist,' and 'Arrangement With a Dung Beetle,' hip without coming off as simply retro. This stuff is just screaming to be used on film soundtracks. For every time some thinking-inside-the-box filmmaker uses 'Miserlou' or something to add 'zip' to their movie, it would be nice for someone with real taste to use DNSC's take on Ellington's 'The Mooche.' Slinky, unpredictable, and above all, consistently interesting.' --Loud Bassoon.com 'The Surf meets the Transcendental Sun. You park your mind down the road; the air is full of promise. Come on child, Double Naught Spy Car is on stage, come on child; bring your lunchbox full of sand castles and swing. The beach finds it's legs, begins to turn into a saxophone. All that bebop, all the Burgundy soft shoe. Cut loose. This CD's name is Good Time.' --Scott Wannberg, [sic] Vice &Verse Magazine.