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The Coffin Daggers / Press

“This is one surf punk outfit that knows how too do some serious damage and as a result there is a large, loyal and growing fan base for these kats.In 2015 the band hitched up with Cleopatra Records and the results are now out with their third album " Aggravatin’ Rhythms". This mad puppy comes out swinging hard, fast and most of all delivers on all accounts.We get 14 tracks (a mix of originals and covers) of instrumental surf punk that range from garagy to smash mouth .This is a powerful brew that's stirred with hard driving guitar and a damn kool organ. Highlights include: "Instigator", "Five-Five", " The Thing" , and " Wake Up Screaming". There was some buzz surrounding the release of "Aggravatin’ Rhythms' "and that was good to see. This is one very strong and intense album but it's a fun ride to boot. Yeah it kicks butt and that's what you would expect. Highly Recommended!!!”

“A new release out on Cleopatra Records from New Yorks premier surf rock band The Coffin Diggers... 14 kick ass tracks to quench your thirst for fun... will blow you away with their own special brand of instrumental surf rock... Formed by Guitarist Viktor Venom along with drummer Pete Martinez,, bassist Pete Klarnel and rhythm guitarist Rob Morrison the band excels.. Stand out tracks include Aggravatin' Rhythms , Uprising, Concussion and The Thing..”

“I present to you the most happening soundtrack to the hippest parties across the nation! Reverb drenched, punchy and energetic, fun and frantic, pure honey-dripping rock and roll in it’s most undiluted essence. Beach blanket surf music with ample nods to sci-fi and western movie-themes, and the dance crazes that made the 60s so gloriously swinging...The Coffin Daggers sound is highlighted by band leader Vic Venom’s driving guitar rhythms and crisp in-your-face soloing, as well as Rob Morrison’s organ, which has that retro sound like it must be a Farfisa. What’s really exciting about this music is it’s immediacy. The album was recorded live in one room, with a minimum of overdubs, onto a 16 track analog tape machine. That approach is evident in the cohesion and urgency of the performances, and the organic sound of the recorded document. Trust me! You want this CD to play at your next cocktail party or clam bake!”

“The new fourteen-song release begins with the organ/guitar duet of the title song "Aggravatin' Rhythms" as the music takes on a spooky, Adams Family-type feel. That classic, Dick Dale-sounding surf guitar makes it first appearance in "Instigator," while the music sneaks around with the eerie sounds of "The Sinister Urge." The Coffin Daggers return to that classic surf rhythm in "Uprising!" and "Wake Up Screaming" as Viktor's guitar keeps you on the edge of your seat with his performance. They slow the tempo down for the big guitar strumming and pulsating beats of "Concussion," before closing the album with the quick-pace of "The Thing."”

“Die aus New York stammende Instrumental Surf Punk Band The Coffin Daggers meldet sich mit ihrer neuen Scheibe "Aggravatin' Rhythms" auf der Bildfläche zurück. Und obwohl die Amerikaner deutlich vom Sound einiger Koryphäen wie etwa Link Wray oder Dick Dale beeinflusst sind, soll es sich hier keinesfalls um Vergleichbares zu den Songs der Fünfziger und Sechziger handeln. Präsentiert werden sie vielmehr in einem modernen Sound, der von einem deutlichen Punk-Einschlag geprägt ist.”

“This record might not go on to scale the heights of the charts but you can bet it's going to be one of this generation's revered cult classics. So what is surf punk? It sound something strangely like what you'd hear if the Munsters had a family band. Loaded with instrumental prowess that keeps this from lapsing into a hipsters in joke, they know the touchstones, they've got the moves and they serve it up hot for everyone that thinks what passes for popular music these days is a bunch of dreck. Open your ears to this and let the good times roll on a bad ass beach with tattooed strippers for all. Well done.”

“The idea that a vestige of 80’s East coast hardcore punk can transmute into some of the best “dark” surf music that I’ve heard in some time is, to say the least, incredible. The one-sheet lets me know that all the tracks were recorded on 16-track 2” analog...Aggravatin’ Rhythms ably drops a lush soundscape of 14 tracks of riff-laden surf rock, the likes of which are rarely heard in this day and age. It’s strikingly reminiscent of foundational work from artists such as Link Wray and legendary guitarist Dick Dale. A more modern surf sensibility is certainly present as well and I can’t help but draw comparisons to by Man or Astro-man and Phantom Surfers... track four, The Sinister Urge, “boozy appreciated dive bombs are reverberating around the interior of my car only to launch into Gilmour-esqe soulful leads. Brilliant!”... I’m going to go suggest that Aggravatin’ Rhythms by the Coffin Daggers is one of the finest surf albums I’ve heard to date. Seriously this”

“Top 10 Things That Aggravate An Instrumental Surf Rock Band: 01. Stages that shake so much that they set off Vic’s reverb tank. 02. Lugging around and maintaining temperamental vintage organs and amps. 03. Deciding on a damn costume for Halloween. We can rarely get it together. 04. This “aggravation” is not exclusive to bands like us, but we can’t stand douche-bag hipsters who just stand there during a show with their arms crossed because they’re just too cool to let loose and have a good time, or clap for that matter. 05. When the engineer asks, “Is that the sound you’re going for?” 06. Hand cramps from fast playing. 07. When people ask why we don’t have a lead singer. 08. When people offer to become our lead singer. 09. When people ask, “Have you ever thought about having a lead singer?” 10. When people ask, “Have you seen Pulp Fiction?””

CMJ

“it's awesome. "Wake Up Screaming" and "Head On" are great examples of the supercharged, extra-loud, wide-open sound that has been at their core... This is a fun record, moreso than I remember them ever being. The opening/title track starts with a circus-style organ that immediately makes you look at the bonheaded cover art and think "OK, so we're really doing this". "The Spy" features lighthearted-female "doo-ooh"'s over menacing guitars. Even the killer cover of The Cherokee's "Uprising" features all of the today-tasteless Indian calls of the 1960's version (had some shower thoughts about cultural appropriation in first-wave surf -- liberal arts college education in action). It's not a ridiculous or even silly record by any extent -- definitely not a departure from the Coffin Daggers we know and love -- it's just having more fun. Even the aforementioned "Wake Up Screaming" has one of the most infectiously hip-shaking rhythms I've heard in a Dick Dale-styled crash-n-thrasher.”

“Il y a quelques temps, dans ces mêmes pages, je vous exposais mon amour pour un album de The Ghastly Ones. J’ignore combien d’entre-vous ont donné sa chance à ce formidable disque, mais je sais que peu pourront le posséder vraiment. Alors aujourd’hui, je vous donne une occasion de rattraper un peu le coup. Certes, derrière ses atours de série B, The Coffin Daggers est beaucoup plus sage que la formation précitée. La formation new-yorkaise pratique un genre plutôt classique auquel se greffent des influences plus punk, mais de manière très subtile. Le rythme, contrairement à ce que suggère le titre de l’album, ne fait pas que de s’accélérer. Il varie assez souvent, nous préservant du grand méchant ennui. Des couleurs pop, rockabilly, rock n’ roll, des ambiances diverses (science-fiction, polar, mystère, épouvante, aventure) viennent lui porter assistance. Et au final, si « Aggravatin’ rhythms » reste plutôt classique pour une production surf rock, il r”

"Although the band was featured at the Surf Festival held in Asbury Lanes on July 11, they are significantly more complex than punk or surf with influences from Dick Dale, Henry Mancini, Link Wray, the Cramps, and others…The Coffin Daggers play music not typical of punk or surf music, often creating mood swings that go from melancholic to outrageous. In some of their more complex arrangements, they seem almost classical in structure, often letting whole passages of chords linger in the air. But the band also rocks out, often rivaling head-banging metal for intensity. One critic called their music surf punk with a psychedelic twist."

“Asbury Park Surf Music Festival: Summer Safari In Jersey The Asbury Park Surf Music Festival is making a comeback for more fun in New Jersey. This year is packed with bands and entertainment; to name a few, The Fathoms, Night Birds, The Coffin Daggers, Blue Wave Theory, and the Atomic Mosquitos will be there, ready to rock on July 11, rain or shine...New York instrumental/surf rock band, The Coffin Daggers, are seasoned musicians and have been playing since 1999. The ‘60s-inspired band has continued to produce new albums...”

“Eagerly await a 3rd Album by Bishop Rookerly This second offering from NY based surfsters does not disappoint. With a healthy dose of both shredders and laid back tracks, plus the occasional and requisite surf classic cover, Monsters from the Id is another great modern addition to the surf genre from this great band. I eagerly await a 3rd album from these talented musicians. Album Highlights: The band anthem "Coffin Dagger" tears the album wide open, while the chuggy title track "Monsters from the Id" changes the gears a bit. "Parasite" brings the tempo back up again, and the haunting reverb of "Smoke" leaves you feeling more than a bit creeped out. Also, their wonderful renditions of "A Shot in the Dark" and the oft covered "Caravan" are both great cuts. That is not to discount the other 8 tracks, all of which are good. Keep it the good work gang.”

Customer Review - iTunes

“Interview with Pop-Break, 2014 -- When we spoke with festival organizer Vincent Minervino, he said this about the band: ” The Coffin Daggers’ blend of sci-fi, punk, and surf is quite a spectacle to witness live. It’s a loud, powerful, and precise show that will give you the chills! We are stoked to have them – all the way from Brooklyn, NY – close out the fest!” We caught up with Vik Venom, Peter Klarnet, Rob Morrison and Ned Stroh to talk about the band’s love of sci-fi, crust punk and more as they prep for the Asbury Surf Music Festival. - click the link below for the whole interview - http://pop-break.com/2014/07/10/asbury-music-interview-series-coffin-daggers/”

“The Coffin Daggers, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Plaza Tropical: East Coast surf rock from the Big Apple. Regulars on the Valley's rock scene — particularly Bethlehem's The Funhouse — the Coffin Daggers are scary good.”

“Just when you think everything's been done in Neo-Surf, The Coffin Daggers elevate the genre. This is no garage band--it's very sophisticated surf music. "Psychonaut" ranks among the best surf tunes ever recorded. The guitarist Viktor Venom has had experience in some indie bands I haven't heard, and it's obvious he knows what he's doing. The funeral parlor organ and jazz electric piano provide great counterpoint to the guitar. I'm not one of those reviewers who says "Just buy it," but in this case, you really have to hear it. The MP3 in encoded at a decent rate--the sound is quite good. The CD sounds better if you can find it. You might think this is hyperbole, but The Coffin Daggers are the new wave of Neo-Surf. These compositions are way beyond Man Or Astroman? and Los Straitjackets's "riff 'n a bridge".”

"I find it quite interesting how some tracks are pure surf while others take it in other musical directions while using surf as a jumping off point. And why shouldn’t they? It keeps things from getting monotonous and lets the Coffin Daggers explore many styles without giving the listeners musical whiplash. Speaking of interesting, it’s also worth noting that part of the album’s distinctive sound is due to it being recorded and mixed in analog rather than digital! I think it adds to the “old school” feel without forcing the band to stick to throwback-style compositions. Yes sir, there’s a lot to love about this album (and the Coffin Daggers themselves). Here’s hoping they have even more great music in the works! -"

“This is a picture-perfect soundtrack for a ’60s B-movie on youth run amok. Everything from the garage-y audio to the cheesy organ pads is period appropriate, but guitarist moves the proceedings beyond mere era emulation by unleashing a rude and vicious riff that would have made Link Wray smile.”

Micheal Molenda - Guitar Player