There must be something in that southern water that creates some of the most imaginative surf/punk outfits. However, unlike Atlanta sci-fi geeks Man or Astroman?, the Saraland, AL outfit of Jonny and the Shamen contains a heavy riffage of surf and hi-tech secret agent gadgetry. Each track off of their debut Adventures in Espionage is a blasting effort of spy themes that would be appropriate for the opening credits of Mission Impossible, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., or Get Smart. Even if this idea has been beaten to death since the Ventures cover of "Secret Agent Man," Jonny and the Shamen brew a fast-paced energy and up the octane, making this genre fresh and creative.
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