Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Anacondas - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkFinally, a CD release from their earlier demos and more. Solid surf based instros with an inventive charm. Plenty of strong tracks, some with very unusual flute lead, like the extra groovy "The Guns Of Brixton."

Pete Python-flute-organ-synth, Johnny Torpedo-guitars, Messerschmidt Marzl-drums, and Jack Stuka-bass.
Picks: El Ninjo, The Freedom Fighter, Mission A' Conda, Cordoba, Firewater, Juanita, Clip The Wrong Wire, Bram Pepper Shuffle, Absinth, The 9th Wave, Talbot, Gypsy Queen, The Custer Stomp, Marabunta, Pad, The Curse, Margaya, Timebomb, The Guns Of Brixton

Track by Track Review


El Ninjo dotdotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Spanish chords warn of spaghetti western badguys in serapes on the horizon. The lumbering thunder menace of dribbling double picked drama and military drums portray stunning imagery. Damped meandering reverb and powerfully eerie danger. Exceptional!

The Freedom Fighter dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

A heavy reverb syrup darkens the drama of "The Freedom Fighter" with moody and picturesque danger. Tweaky weirdness invert the ominous scene while the bass and drums thunder undeterred.

Mission A' Conda dotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Grumbly bass and manic drums create a nervous bed on which the Anacondas float a desperate gloom of reverb. Spies and seduction are afoot in this tale of espionage and danger.

Cordoba dotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Sub-carnival organ swirls below surfing spies in the mystery world of "Cordoba." Dramatic and adventurous, dark and flirty. A cool track.

Firewater dotdotdotdot
R&B Surf (Instrumental)

This is the Premieres' tune, with raw sax and jumpin' R&B rhythms. Very tuff and spunky, with great drums. Fast and furious and mean. Yikes!

Juanita dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Elusive Spanish mysteries float on a reverb cloud in "Juanita." Pretty, distant, emotional, sad, and soothing in a teary-eyed way.

Clip The Wrong Wire dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Jonny and the Shamen's dribbly surf 'n' spy epic "Clip the Wrong Wire" gets a significant workout at the hands of the Anacondas. Percussively damped surf driven, with keys floating the melody line. Way cool!

Bram Pepper Shuffle dotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Vibrato shimmer on a progression path to the basement, where the refugees are hiding. Low key and more about the scene than a song. The flute adds a spy jazz edge.

Absinth dotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

A cool progression and grunts of desire accent the surf and tweak over great drums. Thunder, distant storm surf, and spies behind every rock. Nice track.

The 9th Wave dotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' rhythmic b-side to "Damaged Goods" is grungily ground out. Where the V-boys pumped out the chords of "The Ninth Wave" in a light crunchy arrangement, the Anacondas make it grumbly and eerie.

Talbot dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A playful guitar progression and racing drums whirl around a surfable sound with pumpin' bass. "Talbot" grows on you as it advances. It's adventurous and flippant.

Gypsy Queen dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eastern European gypsy influences permeate the strong melody line, and the rhythm powerful and mysterious. An excellent track.

The Custer Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Scouts' obscuro is twangy and dark, with great drums and pumpin' keys with a calliope feel. "The Custer Stomp" has lots of energy and crunch.

Marabunta dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Marabunta" sports a rumbly spy sound with a pulsing vibrato hi note relentlessly riding over the top of the low-E lead. Intense and dangerous, this threatens at every turn.

Pad dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bobby Summers' "Pad" is a playful surf adventure on a happy trip to the shore. An odd mixture of sounds and a floaty melody line, with a funky groove.

The Curse dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wolves howl while the twango whammies surf chords. "The Curse" is a light melody line with a distant sadness played out on surf guitar with flute in attendance. Moody and very cool.

Margaya dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Fender IV's ultra intense "Mar Gaya" retains the relentless chords, sports distant reverb lead guitar, and a dark, almost syrupy reverb. Eerie and off the beaten path.

Timebomb dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The often covered "Time Bomb" is darkly pumped out. Where the Avengers VI used a lighter more surfy sound, the Anacondas use a whirling swirl against harsh grind chords. Quite interesting.

The Guns Of Brixton dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's more than a little interesting that the Clash's "The Guns Of Brixton" could be surfed up. The flute lead is incredible, and the surf chords behind it bring charm to this beach friendly track. Big fuzz break, lots of trashy charm, and quite refreshing. Very cool!