When electric guitars ruled the earth. Surf/gypsy/Tarantino rock solid pulp guitar truth and fiction. Reverb drenched guitar, bass & drums that echoes some of the best work of the Shadows, Ventures and Surfaris, but with an extreme left turn towards the surreal. All done up with an Aussie accent.
There are 18 tracks on this album, seven of them originals - and all the tracks are guitar driven and played with passion, style and skill including a monster version of Shake ‘n’ Stomp and terrific adaptations of House of The Rising Sun, Geronimo and Apache (think: Hank B. on acid).
Original tracks feature the formidable and fabulous KangaRoux, Surfing the Synchrotron and Gol Gol Tip - a feast of metro influenced bush tucker for guitar lovers.
“…a majestic reading of the Shadows’ Geronimo…”“glimpses (and sometimes songs) of Django Reinhardt, Peter Green and J.J. Cale poke through Rogers' Strat...” and “A welcome addition to the cowabunga club.”
Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar Magazine (USA), May 2006.
“You don't need a vocalist ...when the music is driven by a guitar player as extraordinary as former Perth musician Ben Rogers”. “If you love guitar, buy this album.”
Billy Pinnell - JB Mag (Melbourne, Australia), March 2006
"Against the hard-driving rhythm section of Nikki Scarlett on bass and Denis Close on drums, Ben fires salvo after salvo of tastily aggressive licks which enliven even such well-worn numbers as Apache and Walk Don't Run" and "Kangaroux is a mighty meaty, catchy pounder which thoroughly deserves its slot as opener".
Alan Taylor, Pipeline Magazine (UK) Issue 70, Spring 2006
"(Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum) paints from a varied and witty palette: a House of the Rising Sun that bypasses Hilton Valentine's signature arpeggios, a Nuages that transports Django's reverie beyond the clouds" and "Nods to past masters...sit happily with driving "guitar noir" originals".
Ken Williams (The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age) March 31, 2006
1 KangaRoux 2 Apache 3 House of the Rising Sun 4 St James Infirmary Blues
5 Surfing the Synchrotron 6 Sandy Feet 7 Medina Wedding Blues 8 Nuages
9 Shake 'n Stomp 10 Incident at Docklands 11 Geronimo 12 Gol Gol Tip
13 Stomping at Steve's 14 Fleetwood Mac 15 Loved Another Woman 16 The Ninth Wave
17 Walk, Don't Run 18 Sleepwalk
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