WRR #81 - Thee Fine Lines
Instrumental EP 7" record
This slab o' wax features five rockin' instrumentals (written by the band from 2001-present) that have been recently recorded with new bassist Kevin Schneider! As if that weren't enough to make this a terrific release, Don Craine (of the fabulous Downliners Sect) has written the liner notes! Hot dog! (2008)
Track Listing

Here is what Go Metric! had to say about this record:

Saying to a band, “I love your instrumentals” might be construed as a backhanded compliment—I like your band but not the singing. That’s not the case with Thee Fine Lines. I’ve long liked them—I’ll forever dig sounds reminiscent of the early Kinks—but this all-instrumental EP is their best record yet. It’s cinematic rock that calls to mind movie genres more than music genres, beach flicks, budget horror movies, Nixon-era noir. Best thing to come down this pike since Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet broke up.
– Mike Faloon

Here is what Plastique Pop had to say about this record:

Thee Fine lines did it again. How many singles do they have there in that music buying market? Not enough, I say! Anyway, if your expecting the same old, same old with these guys, then you be one dick-sucking asshole! This here is their instrumental slab and it’s brimming with catchy guitar riffage and frat-boy stompers. Anybody whose anybody can contest that these guys are fine purveyers of the Billy Childish/Headcoats sound. And with cause to boot. if your gonna be walking down the same path as those before you, you might as well choose someone with true spirit. But this disc is a little different. Gone are the choppy kinks-influenced two minute wonders. Here your more likely to discover some of the same chops demonstrated by the likes of The Phantom Surfers or The Mainliners. I even felt a sense of that instrumental 10” the makers did early on. (Which by the way, is a total classic.) Side A starts off with ‘Domino’ and quickly sets the rest of the record in motion by placing the emphasis on stripped-down repetative surf rhythms. The sound quality is lo-fi, but in the best sense of the term. Especially those drums. In a lot of ways, it reminds of the drum sound that those old Sonics recordings have. Just a total fucking blow-out. The guitar is crisp and sparkley, yet punchy and aggressive at the same time. The only lyric to this whole thing is the word domino and even that is chanted at the very end. DOMINO!! The record moves at quite a frantic pace, bouncing back and forth between revved up surf anthems to loungy laid-back moods. Side B’s ‘Strolling Through Belgium’, connects to that loungy side very well. I think it’s the slowest number on this thing and plays heavely on the vibe of strolling through some foriegn city. Very strutty if I say so myself. I was blown away at the first listen because a piano solo bursts in at the middle. Thee Fine Lines playing different instruments?! Has the whole god damn world lost it’s mind. Although ‘Midnight’s Fine’ from their last full length did feature an organ and that’s my favorite song of theirs to date. For me though, my favorite track is the last one, ‘In The Hands of a madman.’ Remember when I said that this record has a bit in common with that Makers 10”, well this is the song that breaks that camals back. Totally revved up guitar rock riffs galore with attitude and grit to spare! Yeah, it’s got a surfy vibe alright, but the real bottom line is that this is just plain and simple rock n’ roll sans the vocals. Which is kind of a nice change of pace.

Thee Fine Lines have really raised the bar this go around. Currently, they are one of the hottest garage groups still kicking around and they don’t show any signs of slowing. Plus, these guys tour like like fuckin’ train hopping hobos. With one European tour under their belt, they can only go up from here. If you haven’t heard anything by them yet, this EP may not be the best introduction. Try their last record from Screaming Apple, “Set You Straight”. But if your in the mood for some straight ahead instro-rock, this may be your bag. Oh, and I should mention that the fabulous Don Crane from The Downliners Sect wrote the liner notes to this. What’s next, a tour with the Rolling Stones?! Watch for it.

Here is what Garage and Beat had to say about this record:

It's extremely rare that I review 45s anymore. This one is worth bending my self-imposed rules for. Jason, Justin and Kevin continue to entertain and enthrall. There are a few vocal spasms on this E.P., but they are only thrown in as occasional reminders of a couple of the song titles. Kind of like "Tequila" or "Comanche." Even then, the vocal snarls here are so mumbled, garbled and buried in the mix that it's rather hard to decipher exactly what they are going on about. I can still remember how excited I was when The Milkshakes put out "The Men with the Golden Guitars." This five-song platter has the same raunchy, three-chord, give your throat a rest, rock and roll vibe. The lads scored a major coup; they got Don Craine of Downliners Sect (legend status to the max!) to do the liner notes. Don did a wonderful job of describing the rockin' "Domino," the drivin' "Praying Mantis," the eerie and mysterious "The Leap," the blues fueled "Strolling through Belgium" and the ravin' "In the Hands of a Madman." Nice!!!

Here is what Electric Roulette had to say about this record:

There's not much I can say about this brilliant record... apart from the fact that it's a rather brilliant record. I don't know a damn thing about the band, and to be honest, you don't need to know a thing about them. Knowledge isn't always power. At any rate, this record has enough power of its own and could probably heat a house for a year with it's blistering garage/surf. For your money, you get five ferocious rockers, all instrumental (as the title kinda gives away) which veer from 100mph ear splitters to draw out skuzzy blues. Opener 'Domino' (not a Big O cover) is a cookin' dancefloor annihilator and closer, 'In The Hands Of A Madman' ups the ante further. If you like garage, you'll love this. If you like surf, you'll wonder why more bands don't sound like this.

Here is what Rock Around the Blog had to say about this record:

Thee Fine Lines is one of my favorite bands, and I am to repeat again, therefore each time that is edited a new record I come back to affirm, the same, because this band in everything what makes, makes well, now is “Instrumental”, what is fabulous again, five instrumental songs, originally written in 2001 and recorded now for the “Wee Rock Records”, that is rigorously described as a true record of “classic garage rock” as never was listened, and I am reporting Don Craine of the Downliners Sect, what more I can argue to this if not a great "yehehahahah", and advising to listen and obtaining it obligatorily.

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