Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Aqua Vista - The Gentleman Racerdotdotdot
artworkAqua Vista vs. The Surf Creature is now just Aqua Vista. Huge reverb, thrashy approach, good tune choices, and high energy abound on this disc. In some ways it's lo-fi, but the playing and ideas are great. The new release is packed with overpowering murky reverb laden instrumental madness. Some very fine cover reworkings, and some originals too, plus one dramatic vocal called "Ghost in the Passenger Seat."
Picks: The Gentleman Racer, Barbour Suit, The Model, Gravel Rash, Everybody's Favorite Marshal, Down Shiftin', Suicide Bay, AC Cobra, Armadillo Races, Slim Side, Rapido-A-GoGo, Surf Creature, Torque Induction

Track by Track Review

The Gentleman Racer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big reverb crash... dangerous chords, thrashing glissandoes... and that's just the beginning. This is a BIG track, more rhythm than melody dominated, and with tons of torque.

Barbour Suit dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mighty big thrash a go-go, with huge as the watchword. Thrash, splash, and charged with dynamite. More a chord track, yet quite powerful.

The Model dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spooky and distant, big and murky, Aqua Vista make this into an anthemic charger. The ugly fuzz guitar in the last verse is a nice touch. Kraftwerk's "Das Model" has been done a few times in the surf idiom before. Each has it's own character.

Gravel Rash dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf riff driven, reverb murked, and hard charging, with a catastrophic end.

Everybody's Favorite Marshal dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bobby Fuller and the Fanatics' "Our Favorite Martian" is sped up and driven hard to great effect. Aside from Davie Allan's version, this is the freshest cover in quite a while. Gloomy and boomy, this races the wind and pummels the monitors. Quite cool.

Down Shiftin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Similar to an obscuro which alludes me at the moment, this mighty sporty track oozes coolness and power. Big thrashy power and melodic as well.

Suicide Bay dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jon and the Nightriders' "Suicide Bay" is splendidly covered here, with a big murky guitar and surf infectiousness. Wild and sullen, sporty and adventurous.

AC Cobra dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rock solid cover of Astronauts' "Surf Party" slams home the racing waves of trad surf. This magnificent tune is given the raging treatment, and as in nearly every cover of it, ends up being a powerhouse track. Fine job, lads.

Armadillo Races dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big riff twang, and under 30 seconds long. Guess those armadillos only sprint.

Slim Side dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Link Wray tune is given the reverb murk treatment, and comes out in a shimmering slosh of surf and back alley danger. Very cool.

Rapido-A-GoGo dotdotdotdot
Power Thrash Surf (Instrumental)

Beware title tracks... but not this time. Power punched amp wrangling surf thrash with an insane drive.

Surf Creature dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is Bob Hafner's "Surf Creature," powered up and murked out. Big and fast, and sludgy. Dangerous and fast.

Torque Induction dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an early Phantom Surfer's tune, trashed out and made even murkier... really, and it works really well. Geez, what a surf noise!